January 17, 2021 — So far 45,906 people have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Croatia. The second dose will be administered starting January 18 the Croatian Institute of Public Health announced.
People who have been vaccinated throughout Croatia beginning December 27 will begin receiving the required second dose. All have already received the first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, the first registered vaccine on the European Union market. Vaccination for the second dose will be organized at the same place and same way as the first according to Index.
WHO: Optimal Interval Between First and Second Dose 21 to 28 Days
The exact dates for second vaccination will be determined by health institutions and homes for the elderly and infirm, who also carried out the first vaccination. Anyone who, for justified reasons, will not be able to receive second vaccination within the prescribed period should contact their chosen family doctor or public health institution to arrange a second dose. Everyone vaccinated with Pfizer vaccine should receive the second vaccine within three weeks.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that the optimal interval of 28 days between receiving the first and second dose of this vaccine. According to clinical studies, the maximum interval between the reception of the first and second dose should not be longer than six weeks, at least until enough scientific evidence is compiled to confirm viability of larger intervals.
Croatia Vaccinated 4,757 People in Sisak Moslavina County
As of January 17, 4,757 people had been vaccinated in earthquake-stricken Sisak-Moslavina County. In addition to the people whose living conditions were worsened by the earthquake, members of the emergency services and volunteers who stayed in the area were also vaccinated.
Vaccination of people in Sisak-Moslavina County will be organized in the same places within three weeks of the first dose. Members of the emergency services and volunteers, who will not be in the Sisak-Moslavina County at that time, should contact the public health institute in the county where they live.
Vaccination with the Moderna vaccine began on January 13 among members of the emergency services in Sisak-Moslavina County before they left for the earthquake-stricken area. This vaccine is also given in two doses, but at least four weeks apart.
Branka Aničić is the first person in Croatia to be vaccinated against COVID-19. She is a resident of the Zagreb Home for the Elderly in Trešnjevka.
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