Serbian Health Minister Zlatibor Loncar said on Nov. 25 that a coronavirus vaccine, once it was procured, would be recommended rather than mandatory, adding that restrictions for those who potentially did not want to be vaccinated had not been considered so far.
Loncar told Happy TV that priorities had been envisaged, primarily the health care workers working in the so-called red zones of clinics for infectious diseases, followed by other health care workers, security forces, the army, police, and public services.
"Those rules were written a long time ago, they can be modified slightly due to the particularity of the virus, but vaccination is not mandatory, it is recommended," said Loncar.
The minister went on to say that private clinics in Serbia had been included in the fight against the epidemic in the way that certain registered microbiology laboratories had been allowed to perform so-called rapid tests, but not PCR tests for the coronavirus.
"They are obliged to report by noon how many positive [cases] there are, so that we can get organized," said Loncar, adding that further care for patients was carried out by state health care institutions.