Greece ‘s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced on Monday evening that vaccination against Covid-19 is mandatory for specific professions and that indoor spaces of venues will accept only vaccinated citizens until the end of summer 2021.
“Those who don’t get vaccination will not lead the country to new horizontal restrictions,” the prime minister warned.
Regarding the mandatory vaccination, he argued that it’s not possible to take care of vulnerable people or immune-compromised patients and not be vaccinated against the pandemic.
In his address to the nation, Mitsotakis announced the following measures:
As of August 16, those working at facilities for elderly people will be suspended if they haven’t receive vaccination
From September 1, vaccination will be mandatory for doctors and health care personnel in public and private sector.
Military personnel and conscripts will be given incentives to get vaccinated at their duty bases.
From Friday, July 16 until end of August only vaccinated people will be allowed in the indoor spaces in restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs, theaters, cinemas and other entertainment venues.
“There will be no mixed spaces for vaccinated and not vaccinated citizens,” Mitsotakis said officially putting an end to the previous plans of the government and the epidemiologists’ alleged recommendations.
“Greece is not in danger, unvaccinated Greeks are,” the Prime Minister said.
He called on citizens to “wear a mask when we are with other people, even outdoors” although based on recent government decisions the mask outdoors is not necessary.
Several government ministers incl of health and development will clarify on Tuesday the measures announced by the Prime Minister.
Mitsotakis spoke of “optimist messages” coming from the tourism industry reaching 50% of 2019 and praised tourism as “the development vehicle of the Greek economy.”
Greece is experiencing a resurgence of the pandemic
with daily infections between 2,000-3,000 in the last 10 days. More details about coronavirus in Greece here
PS Note that outdoor spaces in venues are mixed, that is for both vaccinated and unvacicnated people.
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