Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said on Oct. 8 that no restrictive epidemic countermeasures had been introduced because that would momentarily reduce the percentage of new coronavirus cases, which would again go up after the measures were relaxed, adding that the campaign for vaccination would be stepped up instead.
The pandemic will stop when herd immunity is reached, either once everyone has been infected or once everyone has been vaccinated, Brnabic told the Serbian Broadcasting Corporation.
"With these numbers (of the infected), thanks to vaccination we do not have the most severe epidemiological situation in hospitals. Thanks to the vaccine we have a smaller number of hospitalized [people]," said the prime minister.
Brnabic went on to say that spots promoting vaccination would be aired on all televisions and "good examples" shown, including, as she put it, the students "of a Belgrade high school class, who made a deal and all got vaccinated together." She added that mandatory vaccination against the coronavirus would not be imposed on healthcare workers, and that the appeal for them to receive the shot still stood.
Brnabic also said that "COVID passes have not been abandoned" but that their introduction would open another subject, "whether measures are implemented or not," as well as that they would motivate many young people to get fake passes.