Zagreb, 29 July 2021 (Hina/MIA) — Of the 74,260 employees in the Croatian health system, 63.41% have been vaccinated with the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, and 57.85% have received both doses, which means that 32.33% of health sector employees have not received a single dose, the Jutarnji List daily reports.
Among those who have been inoculated, doctors are the most numerous, with 81.4% having received one dose and 76.69% both. Doctors are followed by dentists, with 66.74% immunized with one dose and 61.69% with both doses.
The situation with nurses is worrying because 40.51% have not been vaccinated.
These figures speak in favor of making vaccination compulsory for health workers to enhance the protection of patients who cannot be admitted to hospital without proof of vaccination, recovery or a Covid-19 test.
These rules currently do not apply to health sector employees who resist vaccination.
The introduction of compulsory vaccination in some sectors will evidently not be possible to avoid, and not only in Croatia, because of the need to make health and some other institutions catering to vulnerable groups safe for their beneficiaries.
Compulsory vaccination for health workers has been introduced in Italy, Hungary and Greece, and more recently, in France, the daily says.