ZAGREB, Croatia — Health officials say Croatia has ordered 5.6 million dozes of coronavirus vaccines and will start giving shots to people as soon as the vaccines are authorized for use in the European Union.
The director of the Croatian Institute of Public Health, Krunislav Capak, said the country's initial order includes vaccines developed by six different Western producers, including AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Sanofi Pasteur, Moderna and CureVac.
He says Croatia's immunization program will be voluntary and initially focus on health workers, people with chronic health conditions and nursing home occupants.
The country of 4 million people has a strong anti-vaccination movement and has reported a recent surge of confirmed coronavirus cases despite tight restrictions.
Croatia on Friday reported 2,955 new daily cases and 68 more virus-related deaths.