Greece to fine over 60s for refusing vaccine, UK to open more vaccination sites – .

Greece to fine over 60s for refusing vaccine, UK to open more vaccination sites – .

Greek residents over 60 will be fined € 100 per month if they do not get the coronavirus vaccine, as part of the country’s first general COVID-19 mandate announced by the country’s government.
The measure was announced in response to an increase in cases and the emergence of the Omicron variant. It will go into effect on January 16 and the fines will be added to their tax bills, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in a television ad on Tuesday.

Greece’s death toll topped 18,000 this week with infections confirmed at record highs as around a quarter of the country’s adult population remains unvaccinated.

Vaccination warrants were introduced over the summer for healthcare workers and fire service rescuers, with those who fail to comply being suspended from their jobs indefinitely without pay.

The government has ruled out imposing further containment measures, but says it is targeting the elderly with tighter restrictions to protect public health services, as intensive care occupancy is close to capacity to nationwide.

“The new Omicron variant is a concern for us and means we have to be vigilant,” Mitsotakis said.

“Unfortunately, of the 580,000 unvaccinated citizens over the age of 60, only 60,000 have made an appointment to be vaccinated in November,” he said. “But it is mainly people over 60 who have to be hospitalized and who, unfortunately, lose their lives. These deaths are unnecessary.

The situation “worsens” in France

French Minister of Health Olivier Véran warned on Tuesday that the health situation in the country “was worsening”.

In a speech to lawmakers, he said that 47,000 new infections had been confirmed in the past 24 hours and that this represents “an increase in the spread of the virus in the national territory”.

The number of new daily cases has exceeded 30,000 in a week from below 23,000 a week ago and 15,000 two weeks ago.

“If we continue this momentum,” said Véran, the number of new infections could be “above the peak of the third wave by the end of the week”.

Veran urged people to get vaccinated and receive their booster, especially given the potential threat from the new variant, Omicron, which is said to be more transmissible than other variants and potentially more resistant to treatment.

The French authorities reported their first confirmed case of the Omicron variant on the island of Reunion and Véran stressed that “other cases could be identified in the coming hours”.

France has one of the highest vaccination rates in Europe with nearly 70% of its population now fully vaccinated.

As of Saturday, reminders have been available for all adults over 18. On Tuesday, the country’s High Authority for Health (HAS) recommended the vaccination of children aged 5 to 11 who are vulnerable or in regular contact with vulnerable adults. .

The HAS noted that they represent “an age group little affected by the symptomatic forms (of COVID-19) which has experienced a very sharp increase in incidence in recent weeks”.

UK to increase number of vaccination centers

British authorities on Tuesday confirmed eight more cases of Omicron, bringing the total to 22 so far.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson told an afternoon press conference that the government plans to offer a recall to all eligible people by the end of January.

“Temporary vaccination centers will appear like Christmas trees,” the prime minister said.

Across England, there will be more than 1,500 community pharmacy sites that will distribute additional jabs and hospitals in addition to those already active. Some 400 military personnel will also be deployed to help with the efforts, Johnson said.

More than 88% of the country’s population over the age of 12 have been fully immunized.

On Saturday, following news that two cases of omicron had been detected in the country, Johnson tightened rules for entering the country as well as face covering requirements in stores and on public transport.


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