Croatia will receive 700,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines by the end of March, including those (210,000) delivered to date, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Thursday.
“That means that we will significantly increase the number of those vaccinated,” he said at a cabinet meeting, adding that the coronavirus vaccination drive in Croatia is “intensifying.”
Plenkovic said that the current number of new cases in Croatia is 90 percent down from what it had been on 10 December, and that with the current rolling average of 75 cases per million population per week Croatia ranked third in the EU, after Finland and Denmark, in terms of the lowest weekly average.
He said that if the situation remained like that, the government would further ease restrictions as of 1 March.
To date 210,870 doses of Covid-19 vaccines have arrived in Croatia and 142,222 have been administered to 87,169 people, Health Minister Vili Beros said at the same cabinet meeting. One shot has been given to 32,116 people and two shots to 55,053.
Beros said the first stage of vaccination was nearing completion in most counties, and that 20,895 doses had been given to older people and patients with chronic conditions as part of the second stage. There have been 832 reports of suspected side effects, which mainly consisted of mild reactions.
Beros announced that a system for the registration of people interested in being vaccinated would be operational as of 22 February. He said people would be able to register either with their family doctors, online, or via a call centre.
“The number of weekly cases is falling, the number of hospitalisations is also falling, the number of discharged patients is higher than the number of incoming patients, and the number of active cases has dropped by 1 percent in one week,” Beros said.
Consequently, Zagreb’s KB Dubrava hospital, which is the country’s main coronavirus treatment center, plans to further reduce the number of Covid-designated beds, allowing medical staff which had been temporarily assigned there to return to their resident hospitals, he added.