State Secretary at the Ministry of Health Mirsad Djerlek has said that the government's immunization committee was mulling over administering a fourth dose of the vaccine against COVID-19 because the effectiveness of vaccines was decreasing with the emergence of new variants of the virus.
"Regardless of the fact that we have failed to convince citizens to get vaccinated with a first and second dose to a greater extent, that does not mean we have not done a good thing with the booster dose and that is how we should continue," Djerlek told the Jan. 5 issue of daily Blic.
In his words, the existing vaccines still respond well to the new variants, but booster doses are necessary.
"I firmly believe in our experts and I think that the National Committee (on Immunization) will determine the exact timing for when we will start vaccination with a fourth dose, as well as what population groups will be [vaccinated first]. I also believe that we will be able to end the coronavirus story in 2022," said Djerlek.