Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Friday that "citizens' interest in vaccination has fallen," according to data he presented to the government, and added that it is "no longer realistic to expect 50 percent of the population to be inoculated by June 30."
“Citizens’ interest for vaccination has fallen,” said Plenkovic at a cabinet meeting where the latest data was presented, and he called on citizens to get vaccinated.
He added that the government had secured sufficient quantities of vaccines and 3,300,000 doses will have arrived in Croatia by June 30.
“That’s why it would be truly important for everyone who wishes to, to get vaccinated. I call on citizens and county public health institutes, family doctors and everyone involved to mobilize the population as much as possible to get vaccinated,” said Plenkovic.
He warned that based on data, yesterday 7,448 people received the first dose while 45,600 received a second dose.
“That is not good. If that trend continues, we will not achieve 50 percent vaccination by 30 June, which is a shame. At the moment, we have 600,000 doses ready to be administered,” he said.
“Do not hesitate, the entire world is being vaccinated, all of Europe is being vaccinated. Croatia is a tourist country. The best way to protect ourselves is for as many of us as a society to be vaccinated. In that way we will be attractive and safe for the arrival of foreign tourists,” said Plenkovic.
“It is logical that if we are asking tourists to have a certificate of being vaccinated, having recovered from Covid or a negative test, then the minimum we can do is to get vaccinated. That will contribute to health protection, the economy and financial stability of the country,” he said.
“We have a lot of countries that are relatively close to us and have much fewer doses of vaccines available. I appeal to everyone to invest maximum effort for these numbers to increase so that we head into the tourism season as prepared as possible and that is to be protected with regard to health,” said Plenkovic.