Krunoslav Capak: Croatia to be Among First to Begin Vaccination

Lauren Simmonds

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 12th of November, 2020, the director of the Croatian Institute for Public Health, Krunoslav Capak, recently commented for U mrezi prvog on when the first vaccinations against the new coronavirus in Croatia would begin. Four million and 600 thousand doses of vaccine are set to arrive in the country. The most optimistic forecast is that the first doses of the brand new will arrive in December.

“We’ve got the first draft plan, but we still don’t know when the vaccines will come. Croatia is being provided with a vaccine from three suppliers, and we’ll continue on with other suppliers. For now, we will have enough for more than 50 percent of the population. We don’t know which will be the first vaccine to be registered, the most likely one will be the one from Oxford’s Astra Zenica. When they’ll be ready – we don’t know yet, but according to what we heard from them yesterday, it should be soon. That moment is now approaching,” Krunoslav Capak assured.

He added that once the side effects are known, further elements for the plan will be known in order to best handle the next hurdle in the battle against the novel coronavirus – SARS-CoV-2.

“Pfizer’s vaccine could be the first in the world. We will start vaccinating early, we will be among the first in the world to do so,” added Krunoslav Capak.

”Those who will administer the coronavirus vaccinations will be general practitioners, pediatricians and staff at public health institutes. Rapid vaccination teams may also be organised for special sections of the population. We will first vaccinate the most vulnerable groups, older people, and people with commodities. It’s very important to include the strategically important population – healthcare workers, workers in nursing homes and possibly the police and the army. But we’ll know more about that only when we know how many vaccines we’re going to get,” said the first man of the Croatian Institute of Public Health, adding that they don’t even know how long the vaccine will be valid for, ie how much the vaccine will be worth, as some vaccines are valid for a mere six months.

The vaccine against the novel coronavirus will be voluntary and free for strategic and vulnerable groups of people.

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