The Serbian government allows foreign nationals without a Serbian address to use the country’s vaccine capacities. Due to this policy, long lines of people gathered at the Serbian border over the past weekends, as many wanted to live with the chance.
Two weeks ago, for instance, the largest queues formed on the Bosnian-Serbian and northern Macedonian-Serbian borders, but a large number of people also came from Montenegro to receive the vaccine in Belgrade or Novi Sad.
People from countries where vaccination is slow arrived in masses.
Almost everyone told reporters that they couldn’t miss the opportunity, preferring to travel for a few hours for protection.
There have been misunderstandings regarding registration, but according to the official position, anyone who wants to get vaccinated in Serbia needs to register on the Serbian government’s coronavirus website.
Prime Minister Ana Brnabić thanked the foreigners “for trusting us” and promised that after April, additional vaccines would be set aside for the foreign applicants at the Novi Sad, Belgrade and Niš vaccination points.
Interestingly, the topic even came up at Thursday’s press briefing, where the Head of the Prime Minister’s Office encouraged people to live with chance of “vaccine tourism”:
“If anyone can get the vaccine anywhere, go and get it!”
Originally, there was some criticism in the Serbian media that locals may be left with fewer vaccines due to foreigners. However, according to the government, this is not true because Pfizer and Russian and Chinese vaccines are mainly separated for locals. Belgrade therefore wants to continue vaccinating foreigners “in the spirit of humanity” in the future.
So far, 633,013 coronavirus cases have been registered in Serbia with the number of deaths at 5,620 and the number of successful recoveries at 541,317.
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