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Change to Croatian Vaccination Procedure for Those Who Contracted Virus

May the 2nd, 2021 - Krunoslav Capak has announced changes to the Croatian vaccination procedure for those people who have already contracted and recovered from the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, the Croatian vaccination procedure was tweaed a couple of days ago, with those who have already suffered the virus in mind.

''We published an amendment to the recommendations on receiving the coronavirus vaccination. Those who return positive results on antigen tests are being accepted into the database of coronavirus patients, but are not added to the number of positive results received from PCR tests. We accepted the use of these rapid tests for border crossings when more than half of European countries accepted the same. We also took that risk because rapid tests aren't as sensitive as PCR tests are, but in the last two or three months there has been an improvement in the sensitivity of these tests,'' stated Krunoslav Capak at a recent press conference of the National Civil Protection Directorate.

“The British experience is that no thromboembolism has been reported after receiving the second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine. If, after receiving the first dose of the vaccine, a person becomes ill, then they should receive the second dose of the vaccine three to six months after their recovery. Our recommendation is that people who have received the first dose of AstraZeneca also receive the second dose.

We vaccinate against coronavirus the second time twelve weeks after the first dose is received. We've been asked if that period could be shortened if someone is travelling somewhere and can't be present for their second vaccination. The manufacturer's recommendation is 8-12 weeks, and maybe even a little earlier. We've also been asked about side effects. I'm the side effects reported to HALMED here, from 0.3 to 0.5 percent. So, every 200th or 300th person reports a side effect, and most of them are mild issues: pain, fever and the like after vaccination. That's not all. Many people feel mild side effects but don't report them. Therefore, there's no need to worry. This reaction is proof that something is happening in the body. This is very normal and happens with most other vaccines,'' explained Capak.

“People who have already contracted and since recovered from the novel coronavirus should only be vaccinated with one dose. The second dose after their recovery doesn't really contribute to their level of immunity, as has been shown by the research of Professor Alemka Markotic. This has now become an official decision. Everyone who has recovered the disease will receive only one dose of the vaccine,'' said Capak when discussing the changes to the Croatian vaccination procedure.

For all you need to know about coronavirus specific to Croatia, including travel, border and quarantine rules, as well as the locations of vaccination points and testing centres across the country, make sure to bookmark our dedicated COVID-19 section.

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