The online platform where citizens can register for Covid-19 vaccination goes in operation early Monday evening, January 11, 2021. On this platform, citizens can check whether they belong to a priority groups for the vaccination and register for an appointment.
Keep in mind that citizens will need to have a Greek tax number and a social security number (AMKA) in order to be eligible for Covid-19 vaccination.
Vaccination program “Freedom” started with the inoculation of health workers and residents and staff of elderly care homes. It continues with the immunization of the general population on Jan 20. First priority group of the general population are those aged 85+, followed by those aged 70+ independent of underlying health problems.
Those already registered with the so-called “paperless prescription” system (άυλη συνταγογράφηση) will not need a further registration, as they will receive an automatic SMS message with a proposed appointment for vaccination that will simply need confirmation.
On embolio.gov.gr website or app, one can check whether one belongs to priority groups by typing AMKA number, name and surname. The platform operates as of 6:00 p.m. Monday, Jan 11, 2021.
Those unfamiliar with the use of computers or apps, appointments can be arranged at a pharmacy or a Municipality Citizens Service office KEP.
How to check priority group
Type AMKA number and first name, surname at website embolio.gov.gr or the web/mobile app or send these data with SMS to dedicated phone line <13034>.
Note: The SMS service with <13034> works with a Greek mobile network provider only.
If registered to “paperless prescription” you will not need to do anything, just to confirm the appointment when your turn comes.
Schedule your vaccination appointment
Check in at emvolio.gov.gr with TaxisNet codes (username and password).
The citizen will reportedly be able to check among several appointment proposals.
Anyone already registered for the electronic prescription system will receive an automatic message with a proposed appointment. The receiver simply needs to send confirmation, either through the emvolio.gov.gr website (using their TAXIS username and password), or through an SMS to the 13034 phone line.
Citizens will receive a unique code number for their appointment as well as the QR code, depending on how the appointment is arranged.
Note that the service arranges also the second dose of the vaccination. The appointment for the 2nd dose cannot be changed as it has to be carried out a specific number of days after the 1st dose, media reported.
Three days before the appointment the citizen will receive a reminder e-mail and/or SMS about the time and date of the vaccination plus a link for a website with preparation instructions such as “no fever,” “code”and instructions depending on the vaccine to be used.
The appointment or vaccination center can be changed only once, media said.
The emvolio service also arranges the repeat vaccination (second dose) at the same time, it also sends a reminder e-mail and SMS with instructions in preparation for the appointment three days beforehand.
Turn up for Vaccination
Those turning up for the appointment, the citizen will be asked to show the code-number or QR code he received and a form of ID (ID card, passport etc).
The citizen will then be asked to fill in a questionnaire that includes general questions and others specific to the type of vaccine being used. Depending on the answers and after an assessment of their overall physical condition by a doctor, a decision will be taken on whether to proceed with the vaccination.
The vaccination center will also register the details of the vaccine dose used and the patient, allowing traceability and pharmaceutical monitoring.
Currently, Greece has received only the Pfizer vaccines.
Vaccination in Greece is not mandatory and it is free of charge.
Note that there is also this Free Covid-19 Rapid test offered by the Health Ministry. You can register in filling up first name and surname, mobile, Postal Code, age, profession. However, it is not 100% you will be chosen for this test.
Vaccination platform emvolio.gov.gr here (note that the registration button is not uploaded yet, will be on Monday afternoon – KTG will add the link as soon as it is available)
Paperless prescription ehealth.gov.gr here. You will need your TaxisNet codes, AMKA number, your e-mail and/or mobile number when you will receive the Codes to confirm and launch the service.
Note that all websites and apps are in Greek.
According to Health Ministry, from the first priority group (health workers, nursing home residents and staff), a total of some 120,000 people, 44,080 people have been inoculated by Sunday, Jan 10, 2021.
The second group, those 85+, are estimated to be around 100,000. They start receiving SMS as of today, the vaccination is to be launched on Jan 20.
Third group: aged 70+
Fourth group: aged 60+, those with a chronic illness, those working in important services of the state.
Fifth group: aged 18+
7:10 citizens have to be inoculated in order to have heard immunity in the community, the ministry says, adding that even after one receives the vaccines, protection measures have to be observed.
And a general question: What will you do? Will you receive the vaccine against the Covid-19 pandemic?
More information on coronavirus in Greece here.