There is uproar among the hundreds of people who became homeless following the earthquake of 6 Richter on Crete, as the provisional shelters setting up are reportedly only for people who have been vaccinated against the Covid-19.
According to local media,authorities are setting up shelters to accommodate earthquake victims in Arkalochori in view of temperature decrease and rainfalls forecast in the upcoming days.
One of these shelter is the closed basketball court where homeless victims or those currently in tents should be moved in to be protected from cold and rain.
However, according to exclusive information obtained by cretapost, accommodation in the indoor basketball court will not be allowed for unvaccinated citizens even if they have lost their home due to the earthquake.
At yesterday’s meeting of the competent authorities it was decided that the protocols concerning the closed common areas will be observed by the book, even under these special conditions.
“The existing instructions provide that a mixed adult population [vaccinated and unvaccinated] cannot enter a common area even in these special conditions. At the moment, what has been said is that indoors there will initially be vaccinated people with a rapid test “, vice-governor of public health and social policy, Lambros Vamvakas, told cretapost.
He added exception is only for people who immediately receive the single-shot vaccine, after a negative rapid test.
Earthquake victims express strong concern
Earthquake victims currently living in tents and are not vaccinated express strong concerns.
“What are we going to do? Where will we go? Will we stay in the rain and cold?” they ask and receive no answer.
There are families with only two vaccinated members and who do not want to be separated.
“Those in charge must stop making this distinction, especially when there are special circumstances. At the moment we are not talking about whether we can go for a coffee indoors, we are talking about how to protect ourselves from the cold and the rain since we do not have a home to stay,” a mother of two stressed. “Shouldn’t there be care for us as well?” she added.
Rooms in hotels
One of the solutions the authorities seek is rooms in hotels or the houses from the ESTIA program for refugees.
“A family that will be hosted at a home or in a hotel room does not need to be vaccinated as it does not come in contact with many people,” Vamvakas sad adding the the vaccinated/unvaccinated distinction is for closed common areas.
He assured that no family is going to be left homeless and that is why all the competent bodies are working in this direction.
No infections in quake camps
It is worth noting that the rapid tests that are being carried out at earthquake victims by EODY units are continuous.
According to information from cretapost, so far, no positive Covid-19 case has been found.
PS the decision is anything but scientific as a vaccinate with single-shot needs several weeks to develop antibodies as the case is with other vaccines. Will people be not allowed to go outside the basketball court? How about the children (no vaccination program yet) or the teenagers? No school classes for them?
My cat alleges that authorities use the earthquake disaster to increase pressure to get people receive vaccination. But she is just a cat (and fully vaccinated.)