Thousands of foreign nationals were vaccinated in Serbia last weekend, German media reported on Monday, adding that the readiness for immunisation in the country was low, and the Government was reportedly considering benefits for the vaccinated, Deutsche Welle reported.
During the weekend, thousands of people from the neighbouring countries of BiH, Northern Macedonia, Montenegro and Croatia, were vaccinated in Serbia, Deutsche Welle said, adding Belgrade politicians said some 9,600 foreign citizens were immunised on Saturday alone, while another 8,500 vaccinations were carried out on Sunday.
Immunisation also took place in the northern city of Novi Sad and southern Nis, the DPA news agency reported.
„Numerous people from Bosnia and Northern Macedonia expressed their gratitude to Serbia on social networks. In those two smaller Balkan countries, vaccinations against the coronavirus have hardly begun,“ it added.
The agency said DPA Serbia’s authorities wanted to leave the impression that the entire action was well planned through the Chamber of Commerce for businessmen from the region but that „media articles and posts on social networks contradict that.“
According to them, it was enough to show, for example, a Bosnian passport to be vaccinated without prior registration. “
„Most of the AstraZeneca vaccine was injected,“ Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung wrote, „because Serbia’s generosity has a practical reason: the country has large stocks of this vaccine, which will soon expire.“
The paper said the ‘vaccination weekend’ was ‘a new success of Serbia’s regional vaccination policy’, made possible by large Chinese deliveries.
„Well-informed sources in Belgrade say that Serbia’s Government is worried that there will soon be more than enough vaccines in the country, but not enough people ready to get them,“ the paper added.
According to those sources, the Government was considering possible sanctions against people who did not want shots.
„Travel restrictions or rules that would only allow vaccinated people to visit restaurants or participate in public events are mentioned,“ the newspaper reported, adding that was not a done deal and that it was necessary to see if they were legally possible.