Greece moves to make Covid vaccinations obligatory for people aged 60 and above
Fines of €100 (£85) will be forced at monthly interims from mid-January on those who decline, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said.
The money will channeled towards the Greek health care system, which is striving with a upward movement in hospital admissions.
Approximately 63% of Greece’s 11-million population is completely vaccinated, still data reveals over 520,000 people over 60 are yet to get the jab.
“Greeks over the age of 60… must book their appointment for a first jab by January 16,” the premier said in a declaration to the cabinet.
“Their vaccination is henceforth compulsory.”
The plan is still to be put to a parliamentary vote, he said, nonetheless lawmakers are extensively anticipated to accept it.
While countries have made vaccines obligatory for health workers and other high-risk workers, Greece will become the first in the EU to target a clearly defined age group.
Austria has made public that compulsory Covid vaccinations will commence in February.
Syriza, Greece’s chief opposition party, called the new action penal and financially copious.
Mr Mitsotakis said the decision had “tortured” him but he felt a
“heavy responsibility in standing next to those most vulnerable, even if it might fleetingly displease them”.
The virus has killed over 18,000 lives in Greece.