Budapest, 5 May 2021 (dpa/MIA) – Serbia plans to pay its citizens money to take the Covid-19 vaccination in a bid to overcome scepticism among the population.
Those who have already been vaccinated or are due to receive a jab by May 31 will be given a one-time subsidy of 3,000 dinars (30 dollars), President Aleksandar Vucic announced in Belgrade on Wednesday.
On average, Serbians earn 624 dollars a month.
Vucic said discriminatory restrictions for people who do not want to be vaccinated are out of the question.
However, he told the government-affiliated private television station Pink that he considers it “irresponsible and selfish” for people to refuse to be vaccinated.
“That is why we have been thinking about how to reward people who show responsibility,” he added.
In Serbia, around 30 per cent of people have received at least one Covid-19 jab.
The southern European country has also been using vaccines from Russia and China, which are not approved in the neighbouring EU, since December.