x

Sciences

Greece’s COVID Vaccination Program Stumbling, Shots Not Required

ATHENS – Despite worries about a rising Delta variant and defiance of remaining health measures aimed at containing the COVID-19 pandemic, Greece's New Democracy government is staying with a failing persuasion campaign uring people to be inoculated as cases have jumped again.

Guided by a list compiled by the National Public Health Organization (EODY), Alternate Interior Minister Stelios Petsas is going to continue the same approach to urge people to be inoculated, in the face of a small but strong anti-vaxxer resistance.

Of 332 municipalities throughout the country, 82 – one in four – have a vaccination rate of less than 30 percent and 50 are below 25 percent, reported Kathimerini about the lagging effort to get people vaccinated, which had been working to slow cases before they exploded again.

Mathematical models show that vaccinations begin to taper off once a threshold close to 40 percent is reached, the report said, adding another worry as the populations of those with the least vaccinations range from 10,000-50,000, among the highest densities in the country.

The government’s plan entails door-to-door visits with the participation of local officials who are thought to have influence in their local communities which hasn't worked and with virulent opposition from those refusing shos.

The campaign crew will include mayors, clergy, teachers, doctors, businessmen as Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said he can't force health workers or others to be vaccinated although he has the authority to do so.

Little more than 38 percent of the country's population of 10.7 million has been vaccinated but health officials said at least 70 percent must be inoculated to beat back the pandemic but the government still isn't moving toward mandatory shots despite the public health hazard.

Unnamed government sources told Kathimerini that, especially in the smaller communities, the increase of the percentage of vaccinations is more feasible with this sort of targeted mobilization.

For example, the popular tourist island of Mykonos currently appears to be 108% vaccinated based on its population as many visitors living in other areas have been vaccinated on the island and as the government had said it would vaccinate 100 percent of the residents of scores of islands, which hasn't happened in full yet despite the worries.

RELATED

ATHENS - Greece is to acquire its largest-ever supercomputer - called "Daedalus" - whose installation was set in motion by Digital Governance Minister Kyriakos Pierrakakis, Alternate Finance Minister Thodoros Skylakakis, National Technical University of Athens Rector Prof.

Top Stories

General News

FALMOUTH, MA – The police in Falmouth have identified the victim in an accident involving a car plunging into the ocean on February 20, NBC10 Boston reported.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.

General News

PHILADELPHIA – The Federation of Hellenic Societies of Philadelphia and Greater Delaware Valley announced that the Evzones, the Presidential Guard of Greece will be participating in the Philadelphia Greek Independence Day Parade on March 20.

Video

Woman Fatally Shot while Pushing Stroller on Upper East Side

NEW YORK — A 20-year-old woman was fatally shot Wednesday night while she pushed her infant daughter in a stroller on the Upper East Side, police said.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. abc@xyz.com

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.