Serbian health officials to announce new vaccine incentives

Djerlek said he advocated for the mandatory vaccination of all citizens.   [EPA-EFE/VALDRIN XHEMAJ]

New COVID-19 vaccine incentives for residents of Serbia will be presented over the next few days, said Mirsad Djerlek, a state secretary at the country’s health ministry.

In a statement to Tuesday’s issue of Belgrade daily Kurir, Djerlek said he advocated for the mandatory vaccination of all citizens.  

“It is clear that a fourth wave of the coronavirus will be strong unless we boost the uptake, which is why the state has been preparing new vaccine incentives. Delays in vaccination could lead to a mutation that is resistant to vaccines. In the last 200, 250 years, vaccines saved states and the planet and it is the only way to fight epidemics,” Djerlek said.

On Tuesday, Zoran Bakić, the chief immunisation coordinator at the Belgrade Fair vaccination point said he feared Serbia would soon be reporting more than 1,000 new daily cases.

“We must consider more radical actions if we cannot achieve anything through appeals. There is no compromise when public health is at stake,” Bakić said, adding that he advocated mandatory vaccination for healthcare workers and certain age groups.

Over the 24 hours into Tuesday, Serbia recorded 189 new COVID-19 cases and four related deaths, the health authorities said. (EURACTIV.rs | betabriefing.com)

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