compulsory vaccination against covid for those aged 60 and over – .

compulsory vaccination against covid for those aged 60 and over – .

A patient receives a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine in Aristotle Square in central Thessaloniki on November 26, 2021.
Greece has announced mandatory vaccinations for older groups from mid-January in a bid to reduce the number of coronavirus infections in the country.
Failure to get the coronavirus vaccine before January 16 for anyone aged 60 or over will result in a monthly fine of 100 euros ($ 114). The money will go to the Greek health system.

“It’s not a punishment. It is a price for health, but also an act of justice towards the most vaccinated, ”Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Twitter on Tuesday.

Greece reported 7,720 new cases on Tuesday, up from a record 8,969 on Nov. 9, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

However, authorities are concerned about the increase in infections as it approaches and during the Christmas holidays. To this end, they are also strengthening their testing capabilities.

As of Tuesday, around 62% of Greece’s population was fully vaccinated against the virus, which is lower than the European average of 66%, according to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control.

However, data from the Department of Health showed that about 520,000 people over the age of 60 have yet to receive a vaccine, according to Reuters. Greece has a population of around 11 million people.

Germany considers compulsory vaccination

Greece’s announcement comes at a time when other European countries are also considering compulsory vaccination.

German Chancellor-designate Olaf Scholz said on Tuesday he would like to see mandatory vaccinations in the near future. “So I suggest early February or March,” he said in an interview, quoted by Deutsche Welle.

France and Italy were among the first European countries to impose a mandate requiring health professionals to be vaccinated. Meanwhile, Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg announced earlier this month that vaccination against Covid would become mandatory in his country from February 1.


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