“Digital COVID certificates are here, they exist and can already be used,” he said, showing MPs a paper copy of his certificate.
“The EU digital certificates goes into force in a month, the government has made a decision on the national mechanism for the issuing of certificates and I have obtained a certificate about having been vaccinated through the e-citizen system,” he said, calling on MPs to do the same.
Plenković said that there was more than enough vaccine for all citizens as well as for countries with lower supplies, and that vaccination was now faster than before.
Responding to MPs’ remarks, he said that the national coronavirus management team would make a decision that would make it possible also for people who had received one vaccine shot to enter Croatia 22 days after vaccination.
In a debate about an opposition motion for a vote of no-confidence in Health Minister Vili Beroš, Plenković dismissed the Opposition’s claims that at one point patients could not obtain medicines and that the health system did not function.
“That’s a lie, at no time were people left without medicines, the health system was never at breaking point, there was never a shortage of beds or ventilators and no medical service was ever unavailable,” he said.
Health Minister Beroš told MPs that he was working on the problem of the health system’s debts to drug wholesalers and that a projection of payment in the period until the end of the year had been made.
He also announced the relaunching of the Institute of Immunology, including for the production of viral vaccines.
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