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Compulsory vaccination for people over 60 years old

Patients will be vaccinated against Covid-19 on November 26, 2021 at Aristotelous Square in the heart of Thessaloniki.

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Greece has announced that it will mandate vaccinations for the elderly from mid-January to reduce the number of coronavirus infections in the country.

If you do not give the first dose of coronavirus to people over the age of 60 by January 16, you will be fined € 100 ($ 114) per month. The money is spent on the Greek medical system.

“This is not a punishment. It is not only a price for health, but an act of justice for the most vaccinated people,” Prime Minister Kiriacos Mitsutakis said on Twitter.

According to data from Johns Hopkins University, Greece reported 7,720 new cases on Tuesday, down from a record high of 8,969 on November 9.

However, authorities are concerned that the infection will increase further during preparations and Christmas holidays. To this effect, they are also strengthening their testing abilities.

As of Tuesday, about 62% of the Greek population had been completely vaccinated against the virus. This is below the EU average of 66%, according to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control.

However, according to Reuters data, about 520,000 people over the age of 60 have never been able to get a jab, according to data from the Ministry of Health. Greece has a population of about 11 million.

Germany is considering compulsory vaccination

The Greek announcement will be made while other European countries are also considering compulsory vaccination.

Olaf Scholz, who was appointed Chancellor of Germany, said on Tuesday that he would like to see a forced vaccination in the near future. “So I suggest the beginning of February or March,” he said in an interview quoted by Deutsche Welle.

France and Italy were one of the first European countries to impose obligations on medical professionals to force vaccination. Meanwhile, Austrian Prime Minister Alexander Schallenberg announced earlier this month that corona vaccination will be mandatory in his country from February 1.

Compulsory vaccination for people over 60 years old

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