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In Greece, citizens aged 60 and up suffer monthly fines if they don’t get Covid vaccine

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In order to increase lagging inoculation levels and relieve demand on health care, Greece will begin fining all people aged 60 and up who are not vaccinated against Covid-19 from Monday.

In order to increase lagging inoculation levels and relieve demand on health care, Greece will begin fining all people aged 60 and up who are not vaccinated against Covid-19 from Monday. The simplest way to avoid the charge, according to Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, is to get vaccinated. According to Greek authorities, those who have not been vaccinated are still at a high risk of contracting the coronavirus and being hospitalized. In Greece, nine out of ten Covid-related deaths have occurred in people aged 60 and over, while seven out of ten Covid-related hospitalizations have occurred in people aged 60 and more. And eight out of ten of them are unvaccinated.

On Saturday, he stated, “To the minority of our fellow citizens over 60 who are still unvaccinated, I implore them today: take the step.” “It’s not an issue of a fine; certainly, a fine will be levied, but it’ll be the bare minimum.” Protect your life and the lives of people you care about and know that the vaccine is completely safe.”

Can 2022 succeed were 2021 failed by going from pandemic to endemic? According to Health Ministry data, 520,000 seniors in Greece had not been vaccinated when the mandatory vaccinations were announced in November. More than 220,000 people have rolled up their sleeves since then. Some of the remaining 300,000 people will be eligible for exemptions due to medical grounds. On Thursday, spokesman Ioannis Oikonomou said the administration had exhausted all other options for persuasion. Due to the extremely contagious omicron strain, Greece, like much of Europe, has seen daily cases approach new highs this month. Covid-related deaths are at levels comparable to prior waves’ peaks.

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