ATHENS — The platform for vaccination appointments for the 30-39 age group will open on April 27, ahead of schedule, Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias said on Wednesday.
The appointments platform will open on Greek Orthodox Holy Tuesday to allow these younger people to be inoculated with the reserves of AstraZeneca vaccines, the minister said during the regular live briefing on the pandemic.
"They will sign up one day and be vaccinated the next," Kikilias explained, adding that if there is high demand, vaccinations could be administered by private sector health centers and clinics in May.
Kikilias said that the vaccination appointments will be extended "to late evening appointments and over the weekends," while he added that inoculations will take place up to Holy Saturday/Labor Day (May 1). They will not be carried out from May 2 (Greek Orthodox Easter) to May 4, he noted, which will not affect the rollout.
Responding to questions, he said that doctors requisitioned from the private sector are needed for at least another 20 days, and he reiterated the schedule of Easter services that have been scheduled to take place at an earlier time.
Asked to comment if visitors arriving as of May 15, when the country reopens to tourism, will be able to travel freely through several regions of Greece, he said they would have to observe restrictions imposed on Greeks that are in effect at the time. (In his live address earlier, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis had said that the ban on travelling to other cities and prefectures would be lifted for the entire population on May 15.)
Citizens aged 50-54 can start booking vaccination appointments as of Saturday
At least 440,000 people have received the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine in Greece so far, said Health Secretary General for Primary Health Care Marios Themistocleous at Wednesday's live briefing.
Teachers and citizens aged 55-59 started booking their appointments on Wednesday, noted the official, while those aged 50-54 can do so as of Saturday (April 24).
Themistocleous also gave the rate of vaccinations of specific age groups who have received at least one dose of a vaccine:
– 85 and older: 61 pct
– 80 to 84: 61 pct
– 75 to 79: 68 pct
– 70 to 74: 50 pct
– 65 to 69: 27 pct
Greece has vaccinated a total of 2,645,000 people as of Tuesday.