Vaccination against COVID-19 has slowed down in Croatia due to a decline in interest, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic warned on Thursday, calling on people to get immunised so that the country may meet its goal of vaccinating 50 percent of adult population by the end of June.
“I urge once again those who have not done it yet to not hesitate. That is the only way to completely get back to how we used to live because the first dose already provides effective protection against serious forms of the disease,” Plenkovic said at a government session.
He noted that positive epidemiological trends were continuing, with the seven-day incidence restored to the level of 10 months ago, which, he said, is owing to warmer weather and responsible behaviour, but mainly to a growing number of people who have been vaccinated and those who have acquired immunity.
He warned, however, that of the adult population, only 40.8 percent had been vaccinated with at least one dose, even though enough doses had been secured for the percentage to be much higher.
“We should not stand by and watch countries that were less successful than us in the fight against COVID-19 become more successful in vaccination. By getting vaccinated, we are protecting not only our health and lives but also our economy, jobs, salaries, freedom, and the right to a normal life,” he stressed.
It is important to vaccinate the planned 50 percent of adults by the end of June so that epidemiological restrictions could continue to be eased. If that is not done, the tourist season will be at risk, which means additional losses for our economy, he warned.
“We cannot afford that luxury. In addition to the pandemic, Croatia was hit by two earthquakes and that has cost us as much as four pandemics. That situation is specific and that is why the economy must return to the path of continual growth and recovery,” Plenkovic said.
He particularly called on young people to set an example to others, to trust science and get vaccinated.