Greece is to make Covid vaccinations compulsory for people aged 60 and above.
Fines of €100 (£85) will be forced at monthly interim from mid-January on those who decline, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said.
The money will be channeled towards the Greek health system, which is striving with a surge in hospital admissions.
Approximately 63% of Greece’s 11-million population is completely vaccinated, still data revealed that 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 statement to the cabinet.
“Their vaccination is henceforth compulsory.”
The plan is yet to be put to a parliamentary vote, he said, still lawmakers are extensively anticipated to accept it.
As countries have made vaccines compulsory for health workers and other high-risk workers, Greece will become the first in the EU to target a specific age group.
Austria has declared publicly that compulsory Covid vaccinations will commence in February.
Syriza, Greece’s main opposition party, called the new plan 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 taken over 18,000 lives in Greece.
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