ZAGREB, November 11, 2020 — Croatia has a draft vaccination plan to fight COVID-19 and has ordered enough vaccines for half the population. Krunoslav Capak, Director of the Croatian Institute of Public Health, revealed the plan at today’s press conference for the National Civil Protection Staff.
“The moment is approaching when we will have a registered vaccine against COVID-19. We have a draft vaccination plan which we cannot finish because we do not yet know the logistical and distribution details. We will finish it when we know the arrival date of the vaccine, and information on how many we are getting,” explained Capak.
Croatia Signed Contracts With Astra Zeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer
The director of the CNIPH then gave details about the deals that Croatia had already confirmed, according to Telegram.
“We made sure to reserve vaccine quantities for more than 50 percent of the Croatian population in time. First, we signed a contract a month ago with Astra Zenec for 2.7 million doses. Then, we requested the vaccine for about 1.8 million residents who belong to vulnerable groups. Therefore, we were lacking another 900 thousand doses, which we ordered from Johnson & Johnson. We signed a contract with Pfizer a few days ago for a million doses. Now, we will see how much the EU will allocate to us,” Capak pointed out.
Capak offered estimates regarding the arrival of the vaccine in Croatia. “AstraZenec are near the the completion of their clinical trials. They indicated that distribution would start in December, which we cannot confirm yet. Today we have a video conference and will request additional information. The negotiations have not provided answers about the side effects of the vaccine. We are asking them for that information,” Capak noted.
Capak: We Already Have Plan to Administer Vaccinations if They Arrive in December
In any case, Croatia is ready even if the vaccines arrive earlier than planned, assured the Director of the CNIPH.
“We have created a plan. Family doctors, pediatricians and HZJZ will administer the vaccinations. We are ready for the vaccine to arrive in December, all of our preparations are complete. However, the vaccine is unlikely to arrive then. Rather, it is likely to show up in the first quarter of next year. Registration is not likely before Christmas, but if it happens we will be ready,” Capak emphasized. When asked if getting the vaccine would be mandatory and how much it would cost — Capak replied that vaccination would be voluntary (like for the flu). “It will be free for all vulnerable and strategically important groups,” he noted.