Greece to Start Rolling Out Vaccination for 18-59 Age Group at the End of May

ATHENS — Vaccinations of those aged 18 to 59 will start rolling out at the end of May, Primary Health Care Secretary General Marios Themistocleous said at the live briefing on the coronavirus on Monday, while adding that cancellations of appointments remained low for all types of vaccines.

Themistocleous said that most citizens over 60 years of age will have been vaccinated by the end of April, while people in higher-risk categories will received vaccines in May.

Reviewing data available so far, the health official also noted that most people aged 80 to 89 who died had not received either the first or second dose of a coronavirus vaccine. Specifically, there were 1,039 deaths attributed to Covid-19 in this age group since January 1. Of these, he said, 925 (or 90 pct) had not been vaccinated. Of the rest, 86 had received the first dose and 28 both doses.

Speaking of the general public's vaccinations, Themistocleous said that 1,847,000 doses have been administered so far. Of these, 1,214,000 are first doses, or 11.56 pct of the population, and 663,000 are second doses, or 6.31 pct of population. (The numbers do not include April 4-5 vaccinations.)

Breaking down the vaccinations per manufacturer, Themistocleous said vaccines used were as follows: 1,395,000 Pfizer; 128,000 Moderna; 346,876 AstraZeneca. Appointments set so far are distributed as follows: 67 pct Pfizer, 25 pct AstraZeneca and 8 pct Moderna.

He said that between March 27 and April 3, the overwhelming majority kept their appointments. Of those getting the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, 97 pct showed up and of those getting AstraZeneca, 94 pct. Cancellations of appointments were 1 pct for Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and 3 pct for AstraZeneca, he said.


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