For the time being, we do not plan new restrictive measures and we also do not plan to implement restrictive measures at the border crossings or prohibit the big public events in the country. New restrictive measures could be introduced in autumn, said Venko Filipche, the Minister of Health of North Macedonia.
“If the unvaccinated become a hazard for the rest of the population, then there will be measures. We are considering whether there is something that ought to be done in autumn, starting from September. We closely follow the experiences of other countries. Everywhere around the world there are debates what to do. The considerations go in the direction of whether restrictive measures for the unvaccinated citizens are necessary, some countries are introducing rapid tests for the supermarkets, for the cultural events, etc. We are still considering, although we haven’t reached a decission, but if we decide that the hazard the unvaccinated pose to the general population, including the vaccinated, is big enough, we will introduce restrictive measures,” Filipche said.
The percentage of people who got infected although they have received two doses of a vaccine is very small, informed the minister.
“From around 330 000 revaccinated citizens, 92 got COVID-19. This means that as the percentage of the infected individuals who were revaccinated is really very small, about 0.02% which is a further proof of just how useful the vaccine is, and I appeal once again to all of the citizens to be aware that this is the only way to change the prospect of the pandemic,” Filipche said.
About 500 000 people received at least one dose of the vaccine and it is expected that all of them will receive the second dose by the end of August.