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From October medical employees across Croatia to need digital Covid confirmation to be able to work

Written by  The Dubrovnik Times Sep 12, 2021

From October 1, doctors, nurses, but also non-medical staff will be able to come to work exclusively with a digital covid confirmation.

They will get the green light to work based on one of three conditions, which are vaccination, overcoming the disease, or a negative covid test.

The Minister of Health, Vili Beroš, told the newspaper Jutarnji list that they have been discussing the introduction of a covid certificate for weeks, and an official decision will be made next week.

"The introduction itself should be in early October. Such organization, however, takes time. We have to hold meetings with the hospital managements, and in the end, the employees will have some time to decide on the best option," explained Beroš and added that the procurement of covid tests for employees is underway.

In the first phase, testing for employees will be free, and it is planned that after a month and a half or two, testing will be conducted at their own expense. Although the majority believe that the testing should have been charged to the employees immediately, because medical staff are expected to be vaccinated, however Beroš has decided to give time for the adjustment.

"Although it would be justified, I am not immediately in favour of such a step. I am of the opinion that we must enable everyone to think once again and get vaccinated,” believes Beroš.

According to the latest data from the Ministry of Health, as of September 6, 60.67 percent of employees in the health care system have been vaccinated with two doses, and 33.56 percent have not received a single dose.