Greece will cure older residents who don’t get vaccinated

In a bid to boost vaccination among older people, Greece’s prime minister announced on Tuesday that COVID shots would be mandatory for people aged 60 or older, and those who failed to book the first shot by January 16, They will face fine.

The move came as Greek health officials tried to stem a spike in coronavirus cases and deaths while prepared for the potential impact of the Omicron version.

About 500,000 people aged 60 or older in Greece have yet to be vaccinated against COVID-19, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis told a cabinet meeting. Those who fail to meet the deadline will face a monthly fine of 100 euros ($113), the revenue from which will go toward funding state hospitals, which have been sped up by the pandemic, he said. said.

Describing the policy as “an act of justice for the vaccinated”, Mr Mitsotakis said he was concerned about punishing people, but he expected the move to be seen as “an encouragement, an act of repression”. Not in the form.”

He added: “I felt a duty to stand by the most vulnerable, even if it might temporarily anger them.”

Greece has an average of more than 6,400 new cases a day, the highest number since the start of the pandemic, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. Concerned that the winter holidays would lead to further spread of the virus, Mr Mitsotakis said more free testing kits would be made available over the next two months.

More than 60 percent of Greece’s population has been fully vaccinated. This month, Greece banned illiterate people from theatres, theatres, museums and gymnasiums, joining a growing number of European countries in imposing new restrictions on people who did not have Covid shots.

Austria announced this month that vaccines would become mandatory for all adults starting in February, the first Western democracy to take such a step.

The spread of the Omicron variant has irked Greek officials, who last week carried travelers from nine African countries to southern Africa after researchers in southern Africa announced that a new variant had been detected. Five Greek nationals returning from Africa were also placed in quarantine on Saturday after testing negative for the virus.

The EU’s public health body said it had confirmed 42 cases of the variant across the bloc, all of whom were mild or asymptomatic.

The origin of the variant, and the threat it poses, remains uncertain.

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