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Universities, research institutes issue joint call for vaccination

Ljubljana/Koper, 18 November - All three Slovenian public universities and one private, and an association of independent research institutes have issued a joint call for Covid-19 vaccination. They stressed the importance of a joint battle against the Covid-19 epidemic in today's press release.

Slovenian universities that are members of the Slovenian Rectors' Conference - the universities of Ljubljana, Maribor, Primorska and the private university of Nova Gorica - and the Coordination of Independent Research Institutes, which includes the ZRC SAZU research centre, the Chemistry Institute, Jo┼żef Stefan Institute, and other institutions, urged people to trust science and use credible sources when looking for information about the epidemic and vaccination.

Vaccines are a key scientific achievement and have so far saved more lives than any medicine. "They eradicated a number of dangerous, deadly diseases such as polio, measles and smallpox. Even before the coronavirus vaccines saved more than five lives every minute thus preventing up to three million deaths a year."

A healthy individual can protect other person's health, the universities and institutes said, urging people to strive for common safety and health. "Vaccination significantly increases our chances on this path," they added.

They also called for respecting measures to prevent the spreading of the virus, pointing to the medical staff dealing with the overwhelming number of Covid-19 patients.