Greece Announces COVID-19 Vaccination For Over 60 Mandatory

The government of Greece on Tuesday announced COVID-19 vaccinations for over 60 years old as mandatory to tame the new surge in infections.

Unvaccinated aged-60 residents of Greece would be fined 100 Euros ($114) if they failed to get vaccinated against  COVID-19.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced that the first general COVID-19 mandate will come into effect on Jan. 16 in a televised announcement.

“The new omicron variant is a concern for us and means we must be vigilant. Those who refuse to get vaccinated will have to pay a fine each month,” Mitsotakis said, adding, “It is not a punishment, I would say it is a health fee.”

According to Mitsotakis, the penalty will be imposed by the tax authorities directly to those who haven’t been inoculated and the funds collected will be given to Greek hospitals fighting the pandemic.

Only 60,000 among 580,000 unvaccinated Greek citizens over 60 years old received the vaccine in November.

“It is mainly people over 60 who require hospital treatment and sadly lose their life. These deaths are unnecessary,” said Mitsotakis

The Greek vaccine mandate comes at a time when a number of European countries have seen a spike in new COVID-19 infections and related deaths.

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