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Brnabic reacts to talk about making Covid vaccination mandatory in Serbia

"I will tell you that I think that vaccination in Serbia is going great without that obligation. I think it's going much better than in other, perhaps more developed societies, no matter how strong the anti-vaxxer wave is," said the prime minister

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Prime Minister of Serbia Ana Brnabic stated today that for now, there is no reason to consider making vaccination in Serbia mandatory, because she believes that vaccination is going great in the country.

"I will tell you that I think that vaccination in Serbia is going great without that obligation. I think it's going much better than in other, perhaps more developed societies, no matter how strong the anti-vaxxer wave is. For now, there is no reason for us to think about the introduction of that mandatory vaccination because we have people who apply for vaccination on their own.

We have a lot of people who are not applying through eUprava (eGovernment). But when we open checkpoints they come in huge numbers. There is social dialogue going on there by itself, the media have a big role here, thank you all for that, we have campaigns, videos and it seems to me that as society we are winning this battle," said Brnabic.

Minister of Justice Maja Popovic stressed today that we will soon see how our state will regulate this issue, while the prime minister pointed out that the vaccination process in Serbia is going great, and that there is no reason to think about introducing mandatory vaccination.

"Regarding this (European) court decision related to mandatory vaccination, we will see whether the state will decide we will have mandatory vaccination for Covid or not," said Minister Popovic.

Minister of Health Zlatibor Loncar said today that the state expert commission should make a decision on obligatory vaccination of healthcare workers against coronavirus, and reiterated that he agrees with that proposal.

Loncar said that more than 170 vaccination points have been opened throughout Serbia where people can get inoculated without making an appointment first, and aded he was confident that another 500,000 citizens would be vaccinated against coronavirus by the end of April.

"We will try to have as many (types of) vaccines as possible at those checkpoints, there will always be one or two, and we will look to, depending on where we can follow the cold chain, have three or four kinds of vaccines available," Loncar told TV Pink.

He repeated that he agrees with medical professionals' proposal to make vaccination mandatory for healthcare workers, stating that "there is no logic" in a doctor or a nurse saying that they got Covid, when they were able to get vaccinated.

(Telegraf.rs)

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