Compulsory vaccinations for people aged 60 and over

A patient receives a dose of a vaccine against Covid-19, at Aristotelous Square, central Thessaloniki on November 26, 2021.

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Greece has announced mandatory vaccinations for older age groups from mid-January in an attempt to limit the number of Coronavirus infection in water.

Failure to give the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine by January 16 to anyone aged 60 or older will result in a monthly fine of 100 euros ($114). The money will go to the Greek health system.

“It is not a punishment. It is the price of health, but also a fair act for those who are most vaccinated,” Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said via Twitter on Tuesday.

Greece reported 7,720 new cases on Tuesday, down from a record high of 8,969 on Nov. data from Johns Hopkins University.

However, authorities are worried that infections will increase further in the run-up to and during the Christmas holidays. To this effect, they are also increasing their testing capacity.

As of Tuesday, about 62% of the Greek population was fully immunized against the virus – this is lower than the EU average of 66%, according to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control.

However, data from the Ministry of Health shows that so far, about 520,000 people over 60 have been unable to inject, according to Reuters. Greece has a population of about 11 million people.

Germany considers vaccination mandatory

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

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Tuesday that he wants mandatory vaccinations in the near future. “So I suggest starting February or March,” he said in an interview, quoted by Deutsche Welle.

France and Italy were among the first European countries to mandate that medical professionals be vaccinated. Meanwhile, Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg earlier this month announced that Covid vaccination would become mandatory in his country from February 1. Compulsory vaccinations for people aged 60 and over


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