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Mass Immunization of Residents of Sarajevo to begin Today

The final preparations for the mass immunization of the residents of Sarajevo Canton against coronavirus, which should start on Monday, April 19, are underway in the Olympic Hall “Juan Antonio Samaranch” Zetra. 

The area has been renovated and has 30 population vaccination points where 2,000 patients will be able to be vaccinated daily. 

There will be five administrators at the entrance who will scan the health care card, and people who do not have them will be able to use an ID card or other document containing a unique JMBG ID number. 

In the first phase of vaccination, people older than 75 should be vaccinated, then people older than 65, and the continuation of immunization will follow when CS has a sufficient number of vaccines for that. 

As confirmed by Fena in the Health Insurance Institute of Sarajevo Canton, 61,417 people have applied for immunization so far.

The Ministry of Civil Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina was informed earlier that new quantities of AstraZeneca vaccine will be delivered to the country at the end of April or the beginning of May. 

The Ministry was confirmed by the UNICEF Office in BiH that 81,600 doses of vaccine should be delivered through two deliveries. The first delivery is expected in the last week of April or early May, while the second delivery is scheduled within five weeks after the said delivery. 

The Ministry will be subsequently informed about the number of doses per delivery. 

These deliveries are part of the previously allocated quantity of 108,000 doses for the period February-May, 2021, and within which 26,400 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine have already been delivered to Bosnia and Herzegovina at the end of March. 

These are deliveries of vaccines purchased by Bosnia and Herzegovina under the COVAX mechanism. 

The Ministry will continue to regularly inform the public about the latest information regarding the delivery of vaccines.

The BiH Medicines Agency has given its consent for the use of vaccines produced by “AstraZeneca”, which Serbia donated to the Sarajevo Canton. 

According to the Medicines Agency, the tested sample corresponds to the declared quality requirement in terms of tested parameters and it was determined that the vaccine contains all the data required by applicable regulations and test results within the set quality limits. The deadline for the use of vaccines is June this year. 

On April 9, 10,000 AstraZeneca vaccines were delivered to the Sarajevo International Airport by Air Serbia plane, out of a total of 20,000 doses, which Serbia is giving to the Sarajevo Canton. 

After the BiH Medicines Agency approved these vaccines for use, vaccination of the elderly and people with chronic diseases should begin in Sarajevo this week. Vaccination will be carried out in the sports hall “Zetra”.

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