x

Politics

Unvaccinated Greek Lawmakers Won’t Be Kept Out of Parliament

September 5, 2021

ATHENS – Further exempting themselves from measures they put on others, Greece's Parliament won't be subject to restrictions for those not vaccinated against the COVID-19 pandemic, and won't be barred from the building.

Parliament Speaker Konstantinos Tasoulas from the ruling New Democracy said five or six lawmakers aren't vaccinated – he didn't say why he didn't know exactly and didn't name them the public officials. But he said they will be allowed to freely come and go while the unvaccinated in the general population won't be allowed into restaurants, concerts, movie theaters and other public gathering places.

The state-run Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA-MPA) reported Tasoulas told reporters that the unvaccinated MPs are from two parties he didn't name although one is the former ruling SYRIZA. One of the leftists key members, former deputy health minister – a surgeon – is a prominent anti-vaxxer who said he doesn't believe in science although he's a physician and who took to the floor to rail about compulsory shots for health car workers. While SYRIZA leader and former premier Alexis Tsipras was among the first to get vaccinated, cutting the line to jump ahead of the elderly and those most susceptible, he also opposes mandatory shots or restriction on those who aren't inoculated.

Tassoulas said the unvaccinated MP's will have to take two Coronavirus tests weekly but didn't say if they would be molecular or self-tests or if proof would have to be submitted they were free of the virus, the pandemic spreading again because of anti-vaxxers and the contagious Delta Variant from India. He said 10 percent of Parliament's staff is also unvaccinated but didn't say if they would be subject to any restrictions, as they weren't from no smoking laws they were allowed to ignore that the lawmakers passed, and from austerity measures imposed on others.

RELATED

ATHENS - Sending mixed signals, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is continuing to confound Greece's New Democracy government about his intentions after a NATO meeting in Madrid where he refused to meet Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

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

TNΗ’s Happenings of the Week by Eraklis Diamataris

NEW YORK – The National Herald’s Happenings of the Week as have been reported at the print and digital editions of TNH and presented by the TNH Editor Eraklis Diamataris.

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.