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Athens puts pressure on unvaccinated elderly people with fines

In Greece, people over the age of 60 must be vaccinated at least once by January 16. Otherwise, they will face a monthly fine of €100 from then on. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakos announced today on public television.

“There is only one age group that insists on waiting: of the 580,000 unvaccinated citizens over the age of 60, only 60,000 were vaccinated in November. Unfortunately, it is those over 60 who get sick and die.”

“law of justice”

People can’t get rid of the duty to vaccinate: State Social Security sends the data of the unvaccinated to the tax office, which is then responsible for collecting the fine. The fines collected in this way are intended to benefit the hospitals. “This is not a punishment, but a healthy reward — an act of justice,” Mitsotakis said.

In Greece, according to the European Union health authority ECDC, 62 percent of the population of 11 million has been fully vaccinated so far. The government is categorically ruling out any nationwide shutdown; Instead, there have been numerous restrictions in the public life of unvaccinated people since the beginning of November. Testing is mandatory even when visiting authorities, and unvaccinated people are excluded from fitness studios, restaurants, and culture.

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