On November 26, 2021, at Aristotle’s Square in the heart of Thessaloniki, a patient receives a dose of the Covit-19 vaccine.
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Greece has announced compulsory vaccinations for the elderly since mid-January in an effort to control the number of elderly. Corona virus Infections in the country.
Anyone aged 60 or over who fails to take the first dose of the corona virus by January 16 will be fined 100 euros ($ 114) a month. The money will go to the Greek health system.
“This is not a punishment. It is a price for health, but an act of justice for those who have been most vaccinated,” Prime Minister Griagos Mitsotakis said on Twitter on Tuesday.
Greece registered 7,720 new cases on Tuesday, up from 8,969 on November 9. Information From Johns Hopkins University.
However, officials are concerned that infections could rise further during the run-up and the Christmas holidays. As a result, they increase their testing capabilities.
As of Tuesday, about 62% of the Greek population was fully vaccinated against the virus – less than the EU average of 66%, according to the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
However, Reuters reports that about 520,000 people over the age of 60 have so far failed to get a job, according to data from the Ministry of Health. Greece has a population of about 11 million.
Greece’s announcement comes at a time when other European countries are also considering compulsory vaccinations.
Olaf Scholes, who was appointed German chancellor, said on Tuesday that he would like to see compulsory vaccinations in the future. “So I recommend it in early February or early March,” he said in an interview, quoted by Deutsche Velle.
France and Italy were among the first European countries to impose an edict that forced health professionals to get vaccinated. Meanwhile, Austrian President Alexander Shalenberg announced earlier this month that the Govt vaccine would be made mandatory in his country from February 1.
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