All requests for temporary AMKA have been cleared for Covid-19 vaccination, Panagiotis Arkoumaneas, President of the National Public Health Organizationtold state broadcaster ERT TV on Thursday morning.
The government had opened the online platform to provide with “temporary AMKA (social security number)” for the sole purpose of Covid-vaccination foreigners living in Greece some two months ago.
However, thousands of permanent residents, pensioners of foreign nationality and expat Greeks who had returned to the country, remained “invisible” for the online system where people can book an appointment for vaccination.
Their request for the temporary AMKA remained unanswered.
KTG had received a lot of complaints by foreign nationals mostly living on the islands who expressed their fear – in some cases also ‘panic’ -that they cannot get inoculated, especially when the country opens for tourists.
Some applied for a second and even third time as the feedback they received in their first application was ‘zero’ and waited in vain for several weeks.
Sloppy work on the criteria send the desperate people forth and back from AMKA to tax registration number (AFM) from online platform to Citizens’ Service offices (KEP) and into an endless spiral of Kafkasian bureaucracy with no way out.
According to daily efsyn report (a week ago), the majority of these foreign nationals or former expat Greeks are over 60 years old and remained without vaccination still five months after the rollout.
Given the age group of holders of temporary AMKA, now the next step the Greek government should take is to give vaccination priority to these people.
Of course, there are also foreign nationals younger than 60 who work in Greece.
With a joint ministerial decision published on the Official Gazette on Thursday, temporary AMKA can be obtained also by asylum seekers including unaccompanied minors.
Greece currently makes vaccination to people over 30 and to those living on the islands from the age of 18.
You can obtain temporary AMKA (application in Greek) at emvolio.gov.gr
Alternatively you can seek a KEP office for the application and the local pharmacy to book a vaccination appointment.
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