Marija Bubas: Two-Week Measure Relaxation Possible, Then We’ll See

Lauren Simmonds

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As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, Marija Bubas recently spoke to Dnevnik N1 television about the vaccination of vulnerable groups, which has been being carried out by the CNIPH since Tuesday.

“The Croatian Institute for Public Health would organise the implementation of vaccination for patients who were referred by their GPs, but are not able to carry out vaccination for whatever reason. The Institute is therefore an aid in the implementation of the vaccination process, its role is significant, it was also important in Sisak-Moslavina County as an aid, but we must be present and not be precisely those who have the main say in it all,” said Marija Bubas.

“Every dose thrown away is an enormous shame”

AstraZeneca and Pfizer will be the vaccines with which the Croatian population will be vaccinated against the novel coronavirus, and just many people will be vaccinated will depend on the response.

“We have significant capacities, doctors and other staff who can vaccinate the public. Every dose thrown away is a great pity because that dose actually belongs to someone. The idea is to achieve as much vaccination as possible in the shortest possible time, both in Croatia and across the whole world, so every discarded or damaged vaccine is wasted,” explained Marija Bubas.

The manufacturer advised that the second dose of AstraZeneca needs to be given eight to twelve weeks after the first, but now there are indications that it is better to administer it closer to the twelfth week, she added.

“Then a better response to the first dose of vaccine is achieved, so we will be more strategically placed in that sense,” she said.

“The easing of measures must be gradual and concession is being considered,” she noted.

“The current situation is far more favourable than it was two months ago, there are fewer newly infected people, fewer people on respirators… But each step should be taken very gradually, we need to evaluate things to know where and when to stop and how to move forward. If there is a concession, it will be reevaluated after two to three weeks in order to start either a new concession or indeed further tightening,” said Marija Bubas.

”If people want to enjoy the benefits of the easing of the anti-epidemic measures, then we’re asking them to be responsible in their actions as much as is possible,” she added.

“The director of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Europe also provided a description that describes the past year very well – pandemic fatigue, this also refers to the saturation of measures. It is understandable that people are growing tired with it all, but that is exactly why we’re appealing to people to just wait a little bit longer and continue being patient,” she said.

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