The state secretary of the Serbian Ministry of Health, Mirsad Djerlek, said on Dec. 17 that it was "a matter of days" when the Omicron variant of the coronavirus would also be registered in Serbia, and warned about its crossing with the flu virus that was present in the country.
Djerlek told state TV RTS that the epidemiological situation regarding the coronavirus was now more stable but "far from favorable." He urged citizens to get vaccinated against both COVID-19 and the flu, so as not to "wait for a crossing of the coronavirus with the flu."
He also warned that between 35 and 40 percent of Serbian citizens had not been vaccinated against the coronavirus and stressed the upcoming patron saint day of St. Nicholas, Dec. 19, the New Year and the arrival of people from abroad.
Djerlek also said that 3,331,000 people had received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, while some 3.2 million had received the second one. The booster dose has been administered to 1,650,000 citizens, he added.