The Decision of the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia on mandatory testing for the SARS-CoV-2 virus for officials, civil servants and employees will enter into force from Tuesday (16 November).
Labour and Pension System Minister Josip Aladrović said there is no rational reason to reject being tested for coronavirus, underscoring that employers would decide on the fate of those who refused to be tested.
Aladrović said that the healthcare and welfare sectors, where COVID certificates were introduced in October, had demonstrated a high level of responsibility. He did not believe other systems would or should encounter any significant problems for introducing COVID certificates.
“The related lay-offs so far have been at the level of statistical errors. I expect a vast majority of employees will be responsible. However, employers will be the ones to decide in cases of non-compliance,” Minister Aladrović stated, adding that this was in line with the law.
Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandroković would not reveal if Croatia is considering following Austria’s example of introducing quarantine for citizens who are not vaccinated against COVID-19, saying that the current situation is untenable and the government has to take certain steps.
Speaking to reporters after a private audience with Pope Francis, President Zoran Milanović said he agreed with the Pope’s view that vaccination is “an act of love for oneself.”
The national coronavirus response team said that Croatia registered 1,135 new coronavirus cases and 55 COVID-related deaths in the last 24 hours. Currently, 2,338 persons are being treated in hospitals, 287 of whom are on ventilators. There are 34,062 active cases in the country.
(Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)