When the death toll rose to one of the highest in Europe when vaccines arrived in Bulgaria this winter, officials hoped people would shout for shots.
Instead, many people welcomed him.
According to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, only 1 in a million people in the country. Percent of people have been criticized for the first dose.
Mass vaccination programs have slowed in many parts of Europe, but Bulgaria lags behind.
In an effort to accelerate progress, Prime Minister Boiko Borisov called for a “green corridor” to allow anyone who wants to be vaccinated, regardless of whether they are in the priority group under the country’s vaccination scheme.
The goal was to run about 10,000 shots a day, he said. The reaction seems to be better than expected: the communist era was dragged down by the tide, when people spent hours getting basic things like oil or meat.
As of Friday, 30,000 people had received the first vaccination, according to figures provided by the health ministry.
In comparison, about 120,000 total doses have been given since the vaccination campaign began in December.
Apostol Dankov, a 38-year-old environmentalist from Sofia, received his shots on Sunday.
He said, “I spent the weekend browsing Twitter to find out where this reality is. “The news was so unexpected that I couldn’t believe it was happening. The lines I saw in the news remind me of the socialist era, when a store was full of bananas. ”
Donka Popopa, owner of the construction business, described a mess at the vaccination site in Plovdiv, the country’s second-largest city, where medical workers were vaccinating all incoming vaccines.
“Even though we were told to come in the morning, we stayed for several hours,” she said, adding that it was difficult to find out if her staff were eligible for the vaccine.
Health Minister Kostadin Angelov told reporters in Sofia on Sunday that the vote was a victory.
He said, “I want to thank all the people who believe in science. “I would like to say something loud and clear to those who have not been vaccinated: Bulgarians, hope is in your hands, the decision is yours. Please, believe in science, believe in doctors. ”
Officials acknowledge that maintaining an early burst of enthusiasm will be a challenge.