Serbia is giving vaccines away free to visiting foreigners this weekend. Thousands of people have “flood[ed]” Belgrade.
Long lines of Bosnians, Montenegrins and North Macedonians – often entire families – formed in front of the main vaccination center in the Serbian capital, with police keeping watch.
…The Bosnian Klix news portal described huge lines of cars forming on Saturday morning at the border crossings with Serbia.
This lets Serbia promote the speed of vaccinations in their country. They’re behind the U.S. in per capita vaccinations, but have dosed citizens at over twice the rate of European countries like Germany and Spain. It also boosts their regional prestige and influence. And they’re apparently beginning to run into vaccine skepticism that’s limiting further dosing.
In an interesting choice, the country is offering AstraZeneca shots to foreigners, ostensibly because the excess doses Serbia holds are ‘close to expiration’. They’re prioritizing Russia’s Sputnik V and China’s Sinopharm vaccines for their own citizens.
Air Serbia is currently flying New York JFK – Belgrade three times a week. The country allows visitors with a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 48 hours of arrival.
So visit Serbia for the shot, stay and visit Belgrade Fortress and Saint Petka’s Chapel. Grab a Rakija (fruit brandy) and then stroll Knez Mihailova. Return home protected from severe disease.