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Over 1.5M Greeks Have Gotten One Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine

ATHENS — The number of Greek citizens vaccinated with at least the first dose of a vaccine against COVID-19 has reached 1.5 million, Digital Governance Minister Kyriakos Pierrakakis said in a post on his Twitter account on Tuesday

"Today, over 1.5 million fellow citizens have been vaccinated with one dose at least. Together we broaden the immunity wall against the pandemic. #Freedom", he tweeted.

Meanwhile, Deputy Minister of Civil Protection and Crisis Management Nikos Hardalias is to visit the city of Patras on Tuesday, where at 16:30 he is to carry out a final inspection of the new mega-centre for vaccinations at the Patras Port Authority (OLPA) facilities.

As of Thursday, April 15, the operation of the new centre with 16 vaccination lines will begin and Civil Protection Agency stated, in an announcement, that "the new centre will significantly contribute to an acceleration of vaccinations in the surrounding area." It also highlighted the fact that the Civil Protection Agency was responsible for both locating and equipping the new centre and that this was done in record time.

At 17:30, Hardalias is to meet with Western Greece governor Nektarios Farmakis and chair a broad meeting at the regional authority's headquarters on the optimal preparation of the Fire Brigade and all Civil Protection bodies in view of the summer fire season.

Greece’s center-right government is keen to start reopening the economy and its crucial tourism industry after lockdown measures were imposed in early November. But the rate of infections and death has remained high since early February, with mortality currently above the European Union average.

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