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J. Joksimović: Herd immunity in two months

May 03 2021 | Belgrade

J. Joksimović: Herd immunity in two months

Minister of European Integration Jadranka Joksimović has informed EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Olivér Várhelyi and Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia Sem Fabrizi about the expectations according to which Serbia will reach the margin of herd immunity in the next two months, adding that vaccination will soon begin in shopping centres as well.

Today, Joksimović, Várhelyi and Fabrizi have visited the Institute ‘Batut’ and containers for PCR testing donated by the EU. On the occasion, she has said that doctors expect the margin of herd immunity could be reached in the following two months.

She has said that at least another million of vaccinated people are needed for that.

The Minister has added that stations will soon be opened in two largest shopping centres to additionally stimulate people to come and get vaccinated without appointment.

Várhelyi has assessed that Serbia is doing an excellent job and invited all Serbian citizens to get vaccinated.

The three officials have all noted that it is important that the message on vaccination reaches everyone.

Director of the Institute of Public Health of Serbia ‘Dr Milan Jovanović Batut’, Verica Jovanović, has stated that so far, around 1.5 million people in Serbia have received both doses of the vaccine, and that it is necessary to have at least another million.

Jovanović has told the EU Commissioner that the plan is to reach communities, remote places, outside of cities, to work longer hours, and to open stations for vaccination without appointment.

The visit was organised on the occasion of the delivery of the first part of the EU donation of 36,000 Pfizer vaccines to Serbia, as part of the 651,000-vaccine batch intended for the Western Balkans.

Source: Tanjug