ZAGREB, Dec 18, 2020 – Croatian Institute of Public Health (HZJZ) director Krunoslav Capak said on Friday that Pfizer would dispatch the COVID vaccine to EU member states on December 26 and that Croatia was among the countries that would receive this symbolic quantity.
He added, however, that it was still unknown when Croatia would get the rest of the million doses it ordered.
Capak said the delivery was being discussed with Pfizer at EU level and that the company promised that the tranche for the last quarter of 2020 would be dispatched by the end of January.
We assume will know the quantity by the end of next week, he added.
7 m2 per person in churches on Dec 24, 25
Mass services with more than 25 people will be allowed on December 24 and 25, provided that each person has seven square metres at their disposal, which will ensure a 2.6-metre-distance between them,
Speaking at a press conference of the national COVID-19 response team, he said that before and after those two days the ban on more than 25 people gathering indoors and outdoors would remain in force.
The HZJZ will appeal to the Church and the clergy to make sure that believers comply with the restrictions. Outside churches, a maximum 25 people will be allowed to gather and the recommendation is that all services on Christmas Eve end by 10 p.m.
Asked why bars and restaurants were not allowed to work under the 7 m2 criterion per customer, Capak said the answer was “impossible.”
“We keep telling you that, with the measures, we are trying to ban contacts, but without banning the activities which are necessary for economic, psychological, social and other reasons. This measure is tied to respecting believers’ wishes and needs for spiritual peace and the need to celebrate this holiday.”
Small quantity of COVID-19 vaccine to be delivered on Dec 26Infections have dropped 20% in one week
In the week of December 14-18, Croatia recorded 20% fewer infections than the week before, “for the first time in weeks,” but it will take more time for this mild downward trends to be reflected in “the number of hospitalisations, persons on ventilators and deaths,” said Capak.
Compared with other EU countries, Croatia continues to have one of the highest incidence rates, ranking third on December 17, after Luxembourg and Lithuania.
Health minister on travel restrictions, bonus for working with COVID patients
Health Minister Vili Beros said travel within the country was being restricted ahead of the upcoming holidays because of asymptomatic patients.
He also responded to complaints from medical staff that this month they did not get the promised salary bonus for working with COVID patients, saying they would get it with the salary for December.
He said some hospitals had calculated the salaries for November before receiving the notification on how to calculate the bonus. “Not one health worker who works with COVID patients will be left without their bonus.”