Greece fines people over 60 who remain unvaccinated after January 16, 2022 – Greek City Times
Vaccinations are compulsory for people over 60 years of age
Compulsory vaccination for people over 60, says Greece’s prime minister, and those who do not get their first vaccination by January 16 face a monthly fine of € 100. Describes moving as “an act of justice for the unvaccinated” and “encouragement, not repression”.
After the date, the fine will be imposed by AADE. The Prime Minister announced that the money from the fines will flow into a special account from which the NSS is financed.
Mr. Mitsotakis noted that he was very tormented by the decision, but stressed that it and society should be shielded. “Of our 580,000 unvaccinated fellow citizens over 60 years of age, unfortunately only 60,000 rushed to the vaccination in November. Above all, the over 60s are treated and unfortunately many of them are missed. “And as we have said many times, the deaths are unjust,” emphasized the Prime Minister.
Free self-test for everyone looking forward to the holidays
A free self-test will Even are available to all citizens from December 6th to 12th to identify all asymptomatic citizens and control the spread of the coronavirus. The same action is repeated from January 3rd to 7th.
He emphasized: “From December 6th to 12th, he will provide every vaccinated and unvaccinated adult with a free self-test to identify possible asymptomatic carriers of the virus before Christmas. The exact same exercise will be repeated January 3-7 to monitor the transmission of the pandemic over the holidays. “Because it is important that we all control ourselves in the rallies of the day.”
The Prime Minister also ruled out the possibility of a lockdown again.
The whole attitude of the prime minister
“Let me start with an important pandemic announcement. The new mutation “Omicron” worries us and calls us to be vigilant because it reminds us that the coronavirus can constantly surprise us as long as it finds ground to survive, especially in the unvaccinated. While the upcoming holidays, with their atmosphere, family tables and social outings, create conditions that can favor their revival.
In about two weeks we will know more about the “Omicron” mutation. Sooner or later, however, it is certain that it will also find its way into Greece. That is why we have to implement our policy even faster. In other words, we need to save time.
Vaccinations, many tests, applying for a vaccination card and personal protection measures. This is the answer, not a lockdown that some people refuse without being able to often hide their greetings.
And despite the great difficulties we are facing – the Minister of Health will speak later to present the current situation in the national health system – our policies seem to be working, at least in terms of vaccinations over the last month. 3 out of 4 Greeks over the age of 12 have already decided to have a vaccination. Our country ranks second in Europe today in terms of daily vaccinations based on the 3rd dose. In the last few weeks alone, the total number of 1st and 3rd installment appointments has exceeded 2 million.
Let’s go, so better, but not as much as we should and not as much as we want. Because while all age groups answer, only one insists on being late.
Of our 580,000 unvaccinated fellow citizens over 60 years of age, unfortunately only 60,000 rushed to the vaccination in November. Above all, the over 60s are treated and unfortunately many of them are missed. And as we have said many times before, deaths are unjust.
Note that in Portugal, where people over 60 have been vaccinated 98%, if I’m not mistaken, the intensive care units occupied and losses are minimal. On the contrary, in Greece the vaccination rate at this age is still around 83%, despite the great efforts that we have all made.
Therefore, these citizens need to be the first to be protected as they are often late to the hospital, which unfortunately makes their situation worse. However, prevent hospitalization from other serious illnesses.
Experts also estimate that the importance of a 70-year-old’s vaccine to public health equates to 34 more recent vaccinations.
So we now turn our attention to protecting our fellow citizens, our fellow citizens. For this reason, their vaccination is now compulsory.
It’s a decision I have to tell you that has plagued me personally. However, I feel a greater responsibility to stand by the weakest even when they are temporarily unhappy. I have absolutely no doubt that our political choice will save lives. Because vaccinations are more than mandatory. Saves lives. It is necessary for health. It is necessary now for all of society.
Greek women and men over 60 who are not vaccinated would therefore have an appointment until January 16, I repeat, January 16 for the first dose . You have the highest priority in the system of getting vaccinated first. Otherwise, a fine of 100 euros will be imposed every month, which AADE will confirm directly. And according to the law, this money is collected in a special fund that finances our hospitals.
It is not a punishment. I would say it’s a health price . A precautionary motive, a boost in life, but I believe it is also an act of justice for the much more vaccinated. Some people today are no longer able to lose the necessary services of the health system because others stubbornly refuse to do the obvious.
My decision – I repeat – is protection, not punishment. And after what applies to health professionals, now he’s coming to complete the persuasion campaign we’ve been pursuing for months.
I would like to remind you that in July Greece became the first country to set rules for controlled access to enclosed spaces. Also for the first time since October the possibility of a third dose has been opened for all adults. And he first made the condition of a complete vaccination for the over 60 year olds with the administration of the third dose. It’s a plan with set goals, but also with the flexibility that circumstances require each time.
So we proceed methodically, with understanding, but also with determination. We let it be seen where we are lagging behind and take targeted action when we have exhausted all other means, as the constitution prescribes. We are now doing that with our fellow citizens over 60 who need to be vaccinated.
At the same time, however, we assume so. Therefore, in view of the holidays, the state is taking another complementary measure. From December 6th to 12th, it is offering every adult, vaccinated or not, a free self-test to identify possible asymptomatic carriers of the virus before Christmas. The exact same exercise will be repeated January 3-7 to monitor the transmission of the pandemic over the holidays. Because it is important that we all control ourselves during the day’s gatherings. The Minister of Health will make detailed announcements tomorrow while we have secured an additional 20 million self-tests for the needs of our schools through civil protection.
Finally, I would like to emphasize the nature of our two new initiatives. They are measures of incitement, not repression, they are just measures. Because they are not horizontal for everyone, but primarily concern those who ultimately want to protect them. They also serve the dual purpose of making the economy and society function in parallel with the protection of public health. And finally, they adapt to the situation so that these holidays are the last we will spend with our thoughts in the pandemic.
I am sure that we all understand their importance and when they come to the vote in Parliament – immediately, in the coming days – I hope that the political forces will take this opportunity. You have to reject bilingualism and not hide behind statements such as “compulsory voting”. It is time to speak the language of truth, and the truth is only one: the vaccine saves lives and especially the most vulnerable. Therefore, as I told you, it is not compulsory, it is necessary, it is necessary ”.