Zagreb, 7 April 2021 (Hina/MIA) — Croatian Institute of Public Health director Krunoslav Capak said on Tuesday surveys showed that 25% of Croatian citizens “resolutely refuse” any vaccination and that 10-15% were not sure.
“According to our surveys, about 25% of Croats resolutely refuse vaccines, any vaccination, not just against coronavirus. About 10 to 15% are unsure, it is them we must influence, while others would be vaccinated,” Capak told N1 television, commenting on a poor vaccination turnout in Zagreb today.
He said only one in three citizens called to be vaccinated against Covid-19 came.
Capak said Croatia was faced with “an ascending curve of a new wave” of the pandemic and that the resumption of school would probably be postponed or classes would be held online.
He added that closing bars was an option. Local Covid-19 response teams decide that, but if there is a major jump in new infections, decisions will be made at national level, he said.
Capak would not comment on the AstraZeneca vaccine being linked to blood clotting again. “We considered every scenario. We believe the benefits of AstraZeneca are still greater than the risks, but we’ll see what the EMA (European Medicines Agency) says and stand ready to adopt new recommendations if necessary.”
The EMA said today it was still examining the vaccine so it would publish its conclusions on Wednesday and Thursday, after one of its officials said there was a clear link between AstraZeneca and blood clotting.