Minister Janez Poklukar: Slovenia has enough vaccines at present

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Slovenian health minister Janez Poklukar (Photo: UKOM)

By: UKOM

The press conference to give a Covid-19 update was attended by the Minister of Health, Janez Poklukar, and the head of the advisory group at the Ministry of Health, Dr Mateja Logar.

According to current data, a total of 2,734 PCR-tests and 31.392 rapid antigen tests were conducted yesterday. The PCR tests confirmed 122 new infections with the positivity rate at 4.7%. According to today’s data, the seven-day average of confirmed cases is 148.

A total of 165 patients are currently hospitalised due to COVID-19, of whom 48 require intensive care; four COVID-19 patients died yesterday.

This morning’s data show that 753,744 people have received a first dose and 522,128 have been fully vaccinated.

According to Minister Poklukar, the epidemiological situation in Slovenia is positive at present, which he said could be attributed to the intensive vaccination of the Slovenian population. The Minister thanked everyone working in primary healthcare.

The advisory group recommended that the state of epidemic should not be prolonged. Tuesday 15 June, will thus be the last day of the epidemic. As emphasised by Minister Poklukar, vaccination is crucial and is the last battle to defeat the epidemic.  He therefore urged all Slovenians to get vaccinated. There is enough vaccine in Slovenia at present. Next week will see the introduction of an open day at all vaccination centres and we expect that all vaccination providers will participate via the zVem portal. Poklukar said that the key to defeating the epidemic is to listen to the professionals.

The head of the advisory group at the Ministry of Health, Dr Logar, explained that healthcare workers are probably the people who are most pleased that the epidemiological situation is improving. She also said that vaccination will help us return to as normal a life as possible. The advisory group believes that the situation will continue to improve and therefore proposes that the epidemic should not be prolonged. The system of PCR-testing will remain in place even after the epidemic is declared over, Dr Logar went on to explain.

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