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COVID-19 Infections Soar in Greece as Vaccinations Wear Off

November 19, 2021

ATHENS – Almost 40 percent of rising cases of COVID-19 and 17 percent of those on ventilators in public hospitals in Greece are people who are fully vaccinated, indicating the potency is wearing off and booster shots are needed.

That adds to the worry about the resurgence of the pandemic that is breaking records almost daily and being spread by rabid anti-vaxxers who are infecting even the fully vaccinated, who have become more susceptible.

Booster shot appointments were made available on Nov. 19 for those whose last shot was six months earlier for versions requiring two vaccinations or two months for the single-shot Johnson & Johnson from the United States.

Data from Greece’s National Organization for Public Health (EODY) showed how even the fully vaccinated are now at risk until they get boosters and that breakthrough infections in them are more prevalent for those over 59 years old.

around 40% of new reported infections over the past few days have been among fully vaccinated people. Breakthrough infections also appear more prevalent among adults up to 59 years old.

Among those who had received both doses of the Pfizer vaccine, 40 percent were in the 40-59 age group, 30 percent were 18-39 and 15 percent were aged 60-79. For the Moderna vaccine, 55 percent were 40-59 years old, 30 percent were 18-39 and 15 percent were aged 60-79, said Kathimerini.

For the AstraZeneca shots, which were mostly delivered within three months of each other 45 percent people in the 60-79 age group, and 25 percent each were in the 18-39 and 40-59 categories.

The 18-39 age group accounted for 65 percent of all breakthrough infections with the single-shot Johnson&Johnson vaccine given mostly to the young on the islands ahead of the start of the tourism season last April,  while those aged 40-59 years old made up 25 percent.

EODY also plans to change the way it reports the trajectory of the virus in its daily bulletin by providing the percentage of fully vaccinated individuals among new cases and fatalities instead of only those in intensive care, the report said.

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