Bulgarians will receive 10 euro food vouchers if they are vaccinated against COVID. The country ranks last in the EU

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Bulgaria offers people who are vaccinated against coronavirus vouchers with which food can be purchased in supermarkets. This measure seeks to boost the stagnant vaccination campaign, while the number of cases is increasing.

Food vouchers worth 20 levs (10 euros) are valid from Friday in the supermarkets of a large distribution chain. The vaccine doses will be administered to those interested in front of these supermarkets in Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna and Burgas, the Nova television station reported, reports dpa, quoted by Agerpres.

Bulgaria ranks last in the European Union in terms of vaccination rates. Many Bulgarians have prejudices against vaccines, food and rumors circulating on the Internet.

Also on Friday, HORECA workers protested in Plovdiv against restrictions on the Delta version, which will take effect on Tuesday.

BTV reported that protesters briefly blocked streets in downtown Plovdiv.

A similar protest temporarily blocked the E-79 motorway to southwestern Bulgaria. A national protest of this industry is announced for next week in Sofia.

In Bulgaria, the number of coronavirus infections is rising and the medical system is already under “serious pressure,” health official Stoicio Kazarov said on Friday.

Nearly 4,000 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized for treatment in a country of 6.9 million people.

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