“I can not make vaccination mandatory. But everyone is now assuming the consequences. The country will not close again to protect a few unvaccinated people and we will not let the vast majority of the Greek population that is vaccinated to pay the cost,” Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in an interview with Sunday edition of newspaper kathimerini.
He pointed out that in contrast to previous phases of the pandemic, when measures were taken to protect public health, we now have the solution of vaccines.
He stressed that it is not possible for a portion of citizens to recognize the value of vaccination but consciously abstain leaving the rest to build up the wall of immunity.
Mitsotakis noted that when the government took the measures of horizontal restriction [lockdown] we did not have vaccines.
“Let’s not forget that. We currently have vaccines. We have the answer. And we have some people who consciously choose not to protect themselves, not to protect their loved ones and through their behavior to always carry the risk of a new [pandemic] wave,” Mitsotakis underlined.
He called the unvaccinated “free riders.”
He said also that in April, May and June, 2,245 people lost their lives to Covid-19. They were aged 60 to 80.
“Only 22 were vaccinated,” he said adding “2,223 were not vaccinated. They could have been vaccinated, they had this possibility and they did not do it.”
PS One could have also asked the Prime Minister why the program vaccination at home for those home-bound hasn’t be launched yet, in the 7th month of the roll out. One could have asked what he believes are the reasons people are increasingly reluctant to get the vaccines, whether he knows if they are anti-vaxxers or insecure and confused due to the controversial information even by the national epidemiologists or that they have difficulties to access a vaccination center. One could also have asked him if he planned any campaign to convince them or he will continue with threats, punishment and insane measures and some 150-euro payments for the youth.
One could also ask why only just 47.7% of the population has received at least one dose and this number includes also the 37.6% who are fully vaccinated on July 3. In this sense, over 50% are not vaccinated and that’s not “just a few”.
Pretty arrogant the man who claims to be the Prime Minister of all Greeks…
Worth noting that no EU member state uses “punishment” to convince people to get vaccination, and among the countries that do is are “democracies” like Russia, Kazakhstan, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia
*KTG is not anti-vaxxer, is fully vaccinated with 2 doses (by mid-May) and has achieved the reasonable. However, KTG is allergic to authoritarianism and arrogance.