May 05, 2021 – 23:25
Serbia will pay its citizens to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, in a bid to speed up the vaccination campaign.
President Aleksandar Vucic, while announcing the plan, said that economic growth depends on vaccinating the population.
Under the incentive program, the Government will pay 3,000 dinars ($ 30) to anyone who receives at least one dose of the vaccine by the end of May.
On average, Serbs earn just over $ 600 a month.
Vucic said the government could not discriminate against people on the basis of vaccination, but he described those who refused to receive the vaccine as “irresponsible and selfish”.
“That’s why we thought of rewarding people who show responsibility,” he said.
Vucic also said that state employees who are not vaccinated and contract the coronavirus will not be able to obtain paid leave.
Serbia ranks among the countries with the highest vaccination of the population, but like everywhere else the pace of dose administration has declined in recent weeks.
According to Serbian government figures, 1.3 million people have been fully vaccinated with Sinopharm, Pfizer, Sputnik V or AstraZeneca.
Serbia has a population of about 7 million inhabitants./REL