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Greece: Vaccination Committee Expected to Greenlight Booster for Under-50s

November 2, 2021

ATHENS – The National Vaccinations Committee will convene on Tuesday at 13:00 (local time) to discuss administering a booster shot of the Covid-19 vaccine to under-50s, to be given six months after the second dose of the vaccine.

If the committee gives the go ahead, according to Primary Healthcare Secretary General Marios Themistokleous, this will soon be followed by announcements and the opening of the appointments platform for younger age groups.

He said that the platform will open on November 5 for people that were given the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, allowing them to get a booster shot just two months after their vaccination date. They will have the option to be vaccinated with either the Johnson & Johnson or the Pfizer vaccine, and later also the Moderna vaccine.

An SMS will be sent as a reminder to all citizens that meet the criteria for a booster shot.

Greece on Monday exceeded 12,900,000 vaccinations given, with 63.4 pct of the general population and 72.9 pct of the adult population having received at least one dose. The average for the EU is 68.8 pct of the general population and 80.2 pct of adults.

More than 6,380,000 people in Greece have fully completed their vaccination, with 60.8 pct of the general population and 70.1 pct of the adult population fully vaccinated. The EU average is 65.2 pct and 75 pct, respectively. In the last seven days, 60,000 people have booked appointments for a first dose and 94,000 for a booster shot, while 350,000 people have already received a booster.

Health Minister Thanos Plevris will make the announcements at 18:00 (local time) on Tuesday, without journalists present except for a TV crew from the state broadcaster ERT.

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