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Vaccination platform opens for more age groups, high-risk groups B

Greece’s health authorities announced on Monday the vaccination schedule for several age groups and people with underlying health problems (Category B). The online platform will open for these groups from April 16.. At the same time, vaccination of those aged 60-64 extends to other vaccines than only with AstraZeneca.

Vaccines of Johnson & Johnson that require only one dose are expected in the country this week.

During the live briefing on the vaccination program, general secretary of Primary Health Care Marios Tthemistokleous stressed that the online platform will open for these specific groups on Friday, April 16, 2021.

He clarified, though, that for high-risk patients aged 18-59 (Category B*) – some 800,000 people – the platform opening will take place gradually from Friday, April 16, until Monday, April 19, and will depend on the disease group.

He said indicatively that for diabetes patients, the platform may open on Friday or possibly on Saturday.

For teachers and for the age group 55-59 the online platform for vaccination appointments will open on Wednesday, April 21.

For people age group 50-54, the platform will open on Saturday, April 24.

“We hope that if everything goes according to plan and the companies will deliver the vaccines according to schedule, the platform will open also for other age groups in the near future so that we can vaccinate our younger fellow citizens in June,” Themistokleous said.

He added that the appointment platform for the age group 60-64 for all vaccines has been open since 10 April. Previously the platform was open for this age group only for the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Themistokleous said that 2,212,000 vaccinations have been carried out to date. 1,468,000 citizens (14% of population) have been vaccinated with one dose and 743,000 (7% of the population) with two doses.

He announced that Greece will receive 33,600 doses of the Johnson & Johnson one-dose vaccine on Wednesday, April 14. Vaccinations with J&J will start on Monday, April 19.

Online Platform for vaccination appointments:  – Social security number AMKA necessary.

High risk diseases – Category B* (n Greek here.)

Chronic cardiovascular disease: Congenital heart disease, hypertension with heart complications, chronic heart failure, atrial fibrillation, chronic ischemic heart disease, myocarditis, cardiomyopathy, peripheral vascular disease, history of thromboembolic disease
Diabetes mellitus: Type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus
Pathogenic obesity: Body mass index ³40 kg / m2
Chronic respiratory diseases: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (not included in the previous category), interstitial diseases of the lung parenchyma (not included in the previous category), severe asthma with permanent oral corticosteroids or biological agents
Cancer: Diagnosis of solid organ cancer in the last 5 years (not included in the previous category)
Immunosuppression: HIV infection (with CD4> 200 cells / μL)
Chronic kidney disease: Chronic kidney disease (not included in the previous category), kidney syndrome syndrome
Chronic liver disease: liver cirrhosis
Blood diseases like Mediterranean anemia

Chronic neurological diseases: Stroke, transient ischemic stroke, severe neurological diseases affecting respiratory function, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, neurodegenerative, motor neurodegenerative disease
Severe Mental Illness: Diagnosis of Schizophrenia or Bipolar Disorder
Severe disability: People with severe disability (not due to high-risk or high-risk diseases, conditions for which vaccination priority has already been set)

Parents or carers of children under the age of 16 with serious chronic illnesses: Parents or carers of children under the age of 16 who cannot be vaccinated due to age and who have undergone solid organ or hematopoietic cell transplantation organ transplantation, undergo dialysis or peritoneal dialysis as well as children suffering from cystic fibrosis, solid organ cancer (up to 12 months after the end of treatment), hematological cancer (up to 3 years after the end of treatment), chronic disease of the respiratory tract requiring the use of oxygen at home, Down Syndrome and others.

It should be recalled that vaccination of high-risk groups (Category A) has already opened on March 19 and on several dates for people of age groups 60+.

It should be also recalled that one may change his appointment once and then the new appointment will be one month later.

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