Slovaks Will Not Vaccinate, Even for the Pope

The deadline for people to be vaccinated to see the pope has passed with few taking up the offer

25 August 2021

The last day passed on Sunday, when those interested in public events with Pope Francis could be vaccinated.  All that was required was to come to one of the vaccination sites where the Janssen single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson) was being given, and by the pope’s arrival in Slovakia on September 12, the required 21 days after the last dose would be met.

Unvaccinated people are ineligible for a ticket to public events with the pope since Monday.  This is because full vaccination is required to book a ticket.  They will only get to see the pope on television.

From Friday to Sunday, the single-dose Janssen vaccine was available in 17 places, especially in eastern Slovakia near shopping centers, according to the schedule of the Ministry of Health.  Spokeswoman Zuzana Eliášová states that 4604 people were vaccinated with the single dose Janssen last week from Wednesday to Sunday without registration.

 In comparison, according to korona.gov.sk, a total of almost 24000 people were vaccinated with the first dose of a vaccine last week.  However, it is not clear whether it includes single-dose vaccines or doses given without registration. Spokesperson Zuzana Eliášová states that the information on the number of administered vaccines without registration is processed with a slight time delay.

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Ria Gehrerová

Ria Gehrerová studied journalism at Comenius University in Bratislava. She has worked as an editor for Teraz.sk and SkolskyServis.sk, and has been a reporter for Denník N since its inception. She specialises in topics of domestic issues, the rights of women and minorities.

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