x

Society

Last Chance for Greece’s Over-60’s: Get COVID-19 Shot or Fines

ATHENS – January 16 was the last day for unvaccinated over-60’s in Greece to get their first shot of COVID-19 vaccines or start being fined 100 euros ($114.15) a month, taken out of benefits for pensioners.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who said he reluctantly ordered the mandatory shots for that age group – but not police or other civil servants – made a last-ditch appeal for them to be vaccinated.

For those who hadn’t booked an appointment by the deadline, it was too late to avoid one fine and it wasn’t said how long people would have to wait after that to get a shot or keep being fined.

There’s been no explanation how people in that age group who are working would be assessed the fine, especially if they are in the private sector and can’t have their wages docked with fines.

Government sources not named told the state-run Athens-Macedonia News Agency that 90 percent of people over 60 are vaccinated or have made an appointment as there was a rush for shots after the fine announcement.

It wasn’t said how many the 10 percent represents as Mitsotakis backed off a pledge to consider mandatory shots for all if the pandemic worsened, and it did on the back of the highly-contagious but less deadly Omicron Variant.

During a visit to a health center in Megara on the western outskirts of Athens he said: “I want to emphasize that, from the moment we imposed this mandatory measure, almost half of those who had not been vaccinated made the right choice to get inoculated. So this measure was successful. We want to increase vaccination rates in the sensitive age group of those over 60.”

RELATED

ATHENS - The key for the total independence of Southeastern Europe from Russian gas is the new gas import and transit infrastructure that is being developed in Greece, according to an announcement by the European Commission.

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

Mission…to Amyntaio, a TNH Documentary by Clelia Charissis

Dear readers, let me briefly introduce myself, while wishing you "a summer full of positive energy and good health.

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.