Sunday, 27 March 2022

Croatia Has Close to Two Million Unused COVID Vaccine Doses

ZAGREB, 27 March 2022 - More than 275,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been destroyed in Croatia due to expiration or failed donation, and close to two million doses, made by different producers, have been kept in storage, officials of the Croatian Public Health Institute (HZJZ) have said.

A total of 275,799 doses have been destroyed, of which 154,644 were produced by AstraZeneca.

A total of 5.2 million doses have been administered.

Interest in vaccination has been very low in recent weeks, with only about 150 people getting vaccinated with their first dose on a daily basis lately. The new, protein-based vaccine, made with traditional technology and available for the past three weeks, has not altered the situation.

Some anti-vaxxers had claimed they were waiting for that specific vaccine, however, HZJZ data show that so far only 286 people have been vaccinated with the new protein-based vaccine, while 153,445 doses are kept in storage.

HZJZ officials say the poor interest is as expected as those who had wanted to get vaccinated were able to choose over the past year and a half, between four vaccines, made by AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson&Johnson.

The largest amount of unused vaccines, 117,274 doses, was reported by Split-Dalmatia County, which is also the county with the lowest vaccination rate, with only 38.39% of the population having received the second shot.

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Thursday, 16 December 2021

Croatian Children Older Than 5 Can Now be Vaccinated in Zagreb

December the 16th, 2021 - Croatian children over the age of five can now be vaccinated against the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, in the City of Zagreb. Here is how and where.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, competent school doctors will be responsible for vaccinating Croatian children up to the age of twelve, and their parents will also be able to refer their children for vaccination against coronavirus via the Terminko application (app). Preschool children will be vaccinated by selected doctors (pediatricians or GPs/family physicians).

The Croatian Institute of Public Health especially recommends that Croatian children belonging to vulnerable groups, such as those who suffer from chronic illness, are immunocompromised or live with a person categorised as the above be vaccinated.

From now on, all interested parents will be able to vaccinate their children over the age of five against the virus. Parents of children up to the age of 12 can be referred to be vaccinated by their parents via the aforementioned Terminko application, after which they will be vaccinated by a doctor at the school medicine clinic in charge of the school the child attends.

Parents who want to vaccinate their preschool children can now do so by contacting their chosen pediatrician or family medicine doctor. Children between the ages of 12 and 18 can, as before, be vaccinated at any of the mass vaccination points located in the City of Zagreb.

In accordance with the recommendations of the Croatian Institute of Public Health, the vaccination of Croatian children and other young people who have an increased risk of developing a more severe clinical picture should they contract the virus due to chronic illness or some form of therapy which might weaken their immune system is especially recommended.

Vaccination is recommended for both children and young people who share a household with people with chronic diseases, as mentioned, as such people have a much higher risk of developing more severe forms of the disease. Vaccination against coronavirus is also recommended for children who spend longer periods of time in various forms of collective accommodation, which includes overnight stays.

The detailed work schedule of the teams of the School and Adolescent Medicine Service in Zagreb can be found here.

For all additional questions, parents can contact the competent school doctor by e-mail according to the above schedule of school and adolescent medicine clinics of the Andrija Stampar Institute.

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Sunday, 14 November 2021

Croatia Logs 4,151 New Coronavirus Cases, 41 Deaths

ZAGREB, 14 Nov, 2021 - In the last 24 hours 4,151 coronavirus cases and 41 COVID deaths have been registered in Croatia, the national crisis management team said on Sunday.

There are 38,631 active cases, including 2,219 hospitalised patients, of whom 277 are on ventilators, while 27,658 persons are self-isolating.

Croatia has registered 538,752 coronavirus cases to date, including 9,881 fatalities, while 490,240 persons have recovered from COVID, including 5,474 in the last 24 hours.

To date 3,271,631 persons have been tested for the virus, with 11,162 in the last 24 hours, and 50.35% of the population has been vaccinated, including 60.18% of adults, of whom 54.91% fully.

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