Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic received the third dose of the coronavirus vaccine at the Belgrade Fair and urged citizens to be vaccinated.
Vucic thanked the medical workers for their work and responsible behaviour.
He said that he was taking part of the responsibility for the country not introducing additional measures, as authorities were counting on the responsibility of the citizens to get vaccinated.
“We could have done, without violating the Constitution, treating the vaccinated for free, and treating the unvaccinated for free but only up to the amount covered by health contributions on an annual level, and the rest would be paid out of pocket,” he said.
“That would be absolutely fair. Unfortunately, I didn’t think of that in time or we believed in people’s conscience and responsibility too much. That has now failed and can no longer be implemented,” he said.
He added that the average health contributions amount to 500-550 euros per year, which, as he said, is slightly less than the cost of one day of hospital treatment.
„If we had done that, we would have had better results in vaccination, but now we can only appeal to the citizens to get vaccinated,“ he said.
Vucic announced that health workers will receive the largest salary increase so far in 2022, as well as that an additional award is being considered for those of them who were burdened by the pandemic the most.