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Dr. Djerlek's warning: Today's numbers will decide if Crisis HQ will tighten measures tomorrow

"We must protect people's health. The vaccine alone cannot defeat coronavirus, we must all work together," said Djerlek

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Mirsad Djerlek

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State Secretary in the Ministry of Health Mirsad Djerlek expects that by the end of June, Serbia will be close to acquiring collective immunity regarding coronavirus and that by then about 2.5 million people will be vaccinated.

He told TV Happy that in the next four months, it is important that everyone respects all epidemiological measures - wearing masks, distancing, maintaining hand hygiene...

"So far, we have revaccinated 456,584 citizens. I am sure that by May 1, we will have 1.4 million people who have received both doses of the vaccine, and by the end of June, about 2.5 million. We will be close to collective immunity at the end of June," said Djerlek.

He said that he is worried about the growing number of infected patients, but also that more realistic numbers and a larger number of infected people are expected today compared to yesterday.

Asked what decisions the Crisis HQ will make during tomorrow's session, he said that he is sure that the measures will not be relaxed, and whether they will be tightened will depend on today's results and the situation with the number of new cases.

"We must protect people's health. The vaccine alone cannot defeat coronavirus, we must all work together," said Djerlek.

He added that coronavirus will certainly last for several more years, that it will not be in the shape it is in now, and that the goal is to bring it down to the level of seasonal flu.

"We hope that vaccination we will bring coronavirus under control as we have done with seasonal flu. We will see what experts will say, whether vaccination will be each or every other year," said Djerlek.

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