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Mass vaccination starts in Zagreb

22/02/2021 05:29 PM

ZAGREB, Feb 22 -- The Croatian capital city on Monday started rolling out vaccines against COVID-19, and out of 500 general practitioners in the city, 400 have expressed their readiness to administer doses during this mass vaccination campaign, the Croatian news agency (HINA) reported.

The head of the Dr Andrija Štampar Teaching Institute of Public Health, Zvonimir Šostar, told the Croatian radio on Monday morning that of those 400 vaccine administrators, 35 per cent said they would inoculate patients in their offices in primary care centres, while 65 per cent said they would do that in the 19 venues designated in Zagreb for mass vaccination.

On Friday, 12,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine were distributed to primary care centres and the venues for mass vaccination.

Šostar said that the first shipments of Moderna for the City of Zagreb could be expected on Monday or tomorrow.

AstraZeneca vaccines do not need any particular conditions for storage, while Moderna jabs must be frozen during the distribution, he added.

If everything goes according to the plans of the city health authorities, 17,000 residents in Zagreb can be inoculated against coronavirus this week.

-- BERNAMA

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