From mid-April, Croatia will start an action to save this year’s tourist season, because then it will start vaccinating tourist workers, and the state will co-finance all tourists with rapid antigen tests, writes Jutarnji list today.
At the beginning of next week, the Croatian Institute of Public Health (HZJZ) will receive lists of people from the tourism sector who want to get vaccinated, and there are about 70,000 not only full-time employees, but also seasonal people who are in direct contact with tourists, such as hotel receptionists, chefs and waiters, workers in travel agencies, etc. The Ministry of Tourism has already received data from associations and institutions and as many as 70 percent of them expressed a desire to be vaccinated.
The mass vaccination process should start on Thursday, and vaccine points in larger cities will be organized in sports halls and other larger halls. The vaccination will be carried out by the county public health institutes, and the intention is for tourism workers, among others, to be vaccinated with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which is given in a single dose, all so that everyone can be vaccinated by the beginning of the season.
After that, the plan is to vaccinate about 90,000 private renters, and Croatia, in addition to being one of the few countries that was among the first to start vaccinating tourism workers as a priority, decided to cover part of the costs for antigen testing.
In Zagreb, for example, there are already 11 private clinics and two public institutions that will do both antigen and PCR testing, depending on what tourists will need, and on Ban Jelačić Square there will be a mobile testing point that will work on weekends from 10 to 18 hours. Tourists will be able to register the day before by email for testing, and on the website Safe Stay in Croatia all locations for testing in Croatia will be listed. Tourists will be able to be tested by a quick antigen test at a subsidized price, with more than 50 percent of the coast covered by the Ministry of Tourism.