A special flight carrying the first large delivery of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines against the coronavirus landed at “Eleftherios Venizelos” international airport in Athens short after 8:30 on Tuesday.
A whole delegation consisting of members of the health ministry, the civil defense service, the armed forces, police, and fire brigade were at the airport to accept the delivery.
The vaccine doses will be stored in the five storage areas in Attica and from there will be distributed to vaccination centers.
It is estimated that the general vaccination of healthcare personnel will begin on January 4 and be completed on January 20, when the vaccination of the general population will begin.
According to the government’s vaccine rollout plan, the jabs will be distributed to the five central storage points and from there they will be sent to the various vaccination centers around the country.
According to general secretary of the Health Ministry, Marios Themistokleous, Greece will receive 419,250 Pfizer vaccine doses by the end of January 2021 and another 333,450 in February. At the end of March, the country will have received a total of 1,255,800 million doses.
The government aims to have vaccinated 85,000 people by the end of January 2021.
Greece expects to receive million doses of vaccines also from Moderna, AstraZeneca, in the first quarter of 2021, while it is on the waiting list for vaccines from Sanofi, Johnson & Johnson and Curevac.
PS I honestly do not understand why the Greek government has to do such a fiesta when it comes to vaccines or vaccination of government officials.