ATHENS — "The suspension of vaccinations with the AstraZeneca vaccine is not under discussion. It is safe and effective. The European Medicines Agency has stated its opinion the day before yesterday regarding its safety and effectiveness, noting that the benefits exceed any risks," government spokesperson Aristotelia Peloni said to OPEN TV on Friday.
Peloni said that the danger is confined to rare incidents of thrombosis, such as the one in the UK where 30 incidents were recorded in a total of 18.1 million vaccinations. She also underlined that the National Vaccinations Committee will examine the Greek and international data and will decide if the strategy, in terms of this vaccine, will change.
In parallel she said that the vaccination percentage in the group 60+ could be better. "The percentages should increase and the age groups should overcome this hesitation. The vaccine is a shield against the coronavirus. It is a shield for ourselves and for our fellow citizens. The risk of someone catching the virus is very high and it is not just a 'flu' or something easy. We urge our fellow citizens of the specific ages to reconsider."
Asked about the possibility of early elections, Peloni said that Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis was clear that he will exhaust the government's four-year term.