Greeks over the age of 60 will have the vaccines mandatory, and the unvaccinated face a fine

According to the letter, this measure was announced at a government meeting by Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. He admitted that it was a strict measure, which, according to him, would “save lives”. The government is intervening in connection with the spread of a new variant of coronavirus called omicron, which has not yet been confirmed in Greece.

According to Mitsotakis, there are now 520,000 unvaccinated people over the age of 60 in Greece. The prime minister also said that most patients with covid-19 connected to hospitals in hospitals and most deaths associated with covid-19 are among people at this age. In Greece, which has a population of 11 million, about 63 percent of the population now have covid-19 vaccinations.

Compulsory vaccination against covid-19 has been valid in Greece since September for employees of public and private medical facilities. It should be mandatory for people over the age of 60 from 16 January, and the first dose of the vaccine will be sufficient by this date. A fine of one hundred euros a month for non-compliance with this measure will be sent automatically to all unvaccinated people, the daily Kathimerini said.

Interest in vaccinations in Greece has increased in recent weeks due to the deteriorating epidemic situation and the tightening of government measures for the unvaccinated. As of November 6, the government has introduced an unvaccinated obligation to prove with a negative coronavirus test even when entering shops and outdoor restaurant areas; the measure did not concern shops in basic goods or pharmacies.

Since November 22, the government has tightened the measures, without vaccinations in Greece, for example, restaurants, bars, cinemas and museums.

The number of deaths associated with covid-19 in Greece this week exceeded 18,000. On Monday, the government announced 104 such deaths and 6,677 new SARS-CoV-2 infections the previous day. The country is experiencing the worst wave of the epidemic this month, recording over 8,000 new cases a day several times since the beginning of November, the most being 8613.


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