Slovenia resumes use of AstraZeneca vaccine, state leaders receive their vaccinations
Today, four presidents – of the Republic, the Government, the National Assembly and the National Council – were vaccinated against COVID 19 with the AstraZeneca vaccine.
After the European Medicines Agency declared the AstraZeneca vaccine safe and effective, the Minister of Health, Janez Poklukar, announced that vaccination with that vaccine would be resumed immediately. Meanwhile, the Minister pointed out that the epidemiological situation in the country was very unpredictable, with professionals concerned about the spread of new, more contagious variants.
Besides all four presidents, parliamentary staff were also vaccinated. According to Minister Poklukar, further vaccination of education staff depends on the organisation of sites where vaccinations are to be carried out, which means that these vaccinations are being delayed by a day or two, i.e. postponed until Monday. Vaccination with the AstraZeneca vaccine will also continue at vaccination centres across the country, the Minister added, reiterating the importance of strict observance of self-protection measures, as the number of infections with more contagious strains is again increasing. As further underlined by professionals, failure to observe the measures may result in a third wave.
Nevertheless, the Government has eased certain measures: gatherings of up to ten people are now allowed throughout the country. Among other things, the restriction of movement to and from the Obalno-kraška region has been lifted, and service on the terraces and in the gardens of bars and restaurants will be allowed in the Primorsko-notranjska region as of Monday. The restriction of movement between 21:00 and 6:00, however, still remains in force throughout the country.