Epidemiologist Branislav Tiodorovic said he is sure that the 2021-2022 academic year will have a regular start because the authorities and experts are not expecting a significant rise in COVID-19 cases before October.
In order for students in Serbia to stay in classrooms over the winter, as many of them as possible have to get vaccinated, Tiodorovic said for the Aug. 2 issue of the Vecernje Novosti daily.
He said that during the latest session of the COVID-19 Crisis Headquarters, the experts had demanded that the authorities introduce measures which would influence the pediatricians and primary care practitioners to more intensely advise the immunization against COVID-19 among children and students.
“Children will be vaccinated in community health centers, at vaccination points that all pediatric centers in the country already have. The pediatricians are required to recommend vaccination, and it is up to the parents to make the final decision,” Tiodorovic said.
He added that according to the latest data, the majority of the currently infected were the unvaccinated. Serbia has recently approved the vaccination against COVID-19 for children aged 12 and older.