Serbian health workers may soon have to get vaccinated

If the vaccination were made mandatory for healthcare workers, they themselves and patients would be protected from COVID-19, said Stevanović, adding that it would also give an "additional impetus" to the immunisation of the population. [Shutterstock/kovop58]

The director of the Clinic for Infectious and Tropical Diseases in Belgrade, Goran Stevanović, announced on Tuesday that a demand would be issued for the introduction of mandatory vaccination of healthcare workers in Serbia.

If the vaccination were made mandatory for healthcare workers, they themselves and patients would be protected from COVID-19, said Stevanović, adding that it would also give an “additional impetus” to the immunisation of the population.

Stevanović  warned that new facilities for accommodating COVID-19 patients would need to be opened because, as he put it, at the moment there were hospital beds available “for the next 24 hours or a little more than that.”

“The situation is on the verge of what the healthcare system can take. We have a growing number of increasingly young COVID-19 patients in hospitals, in increasingly severe conditions. A number of them come after seven, eight or ten days of self-treatment at home,” Stevanović said after a meeting of directors of Serbian hospitals with Health Minister Zlatibor Lončar. (EURACTIV.rs | betabriefing.com)

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