Updates: 31.03.2021 20:43
Released: 31.03.2021, 20:43
Prague – As many as dozens of people from the Czech Republic were vaccinated against covid-19 in Serbia, which offered foreigners a free vaccination last weekend. This follows from the statement of Zuzana Štíchová, director of the communication department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, for Prima television. The television pointed out that Serbian television captured the owner of the Rohlik.cz e-shop, Tomáš Čupr, among foreigners who came for vaccination.
“We know about individuals, at most some low dozens of people. We don’t think it’s a mass affair,” Štíchová said. Prima stated that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will deal with Czechs’ trips to Serbia for vaccination with the Ministry of Health.
According to the registration form, Serbia offers vaccination with three of the vaccines registered in the EU, as well as with the Russian vaccine Sputnik V and a vaccine from the Chinese company Sinopharm. “If it is a registered vaccine in the EU and in Europe, it basically doesn’t matter, but I would be very careful if it is an unregistered vaccine,” said the chairman of the Czech Vaccine Society Roman Chlíbek. He pointed out a possible problem with taking responsibility for possible side effects of vaccination. “It is difficult for the Czech state to take over then,” he added.
Critics blame Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic for trying to expand his influence in the region with a free offer of vaccines. Others claim that the doses of AstraZeneca vaccine given by healthcare professionals to foreigners are approaching their expiration date and should be used as soon as possible. However, this claim could not be verified, the AP agency said last week.
Serbia is one of the fastest vaccinating countries in Europe. In a country of about seven million, over two million people have received at least the first dose of the vaccine.