Vaccine Skeptics In Eastern Europe Having Change Of Heart

A man is administered a COVID-19 vaccine at a center on the outskirts of Sarajevo, Bosnia, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021. Bosnia, which is still struggling to recover from a devastating interethnic war in 1992-95, has so far inoculated just under a quarter of its 3.3 million people, one of the lowest vaccination rates in Europe. (AP Photo)

(AP) — Some former vaccine skeptics in Eastern Europe are shifting over to the other side.

Fata Keco was afraid of possible adverse side effects when she rolled up her sleeve in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo to take her first COVID-19 vaccine shot. but the worst she had to contend with was “moderately discomforting pain” in her left arm.

The 52-year-old joined the global community of vaccine-believers after months of “being very susceptible” to what she now describes as “the most ridiculous theories.” She is not alone. Countries like Bosnia and Romania are seeing their vaccination rates rise amid tighter COVID-19 restrictions.


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