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Health minister says Greece has no plans to expand mandatory vaccinations

Despite experts’ warnings of soaring Covid-19 infections, Health Minister Thanos Plevris on Friday said the government did not plan to expand mandatory vaccinations against the virus.

Plevris statement comes after at least two health experts said on Thursday that mandatory vaccination should be applied also to other groups than the health workers clearly referring to groups of elderly people. The proposal triggered an outrage on social media with Greeks arguing that those obliged to mandatory vaccination should be first of all the Armed Forces and the Greek Police, especially because the latter carry pandemic measures checks.

Speaking on Skai radio, Plevris said any new measures, should they be introduced, will involve the social mixing between vaccinated and unvaccinated populations in so-called “mixed areas.”

2 in 10 Greeks hesitant or resistant to Covid-vaccinations

Over four in five Greeks say they have received or will receive the Covid-19 vaccine, according to the latest Focus Bari/YouGov nationwide opinion poll, published on Wednesday.

The poll also found that 11% state that they remain vaccine hesitant or have yet to decide while 8% state that they are opposed to the vaccine.

Vaccine hesitancy is stronger among younger people (18-44 years), while those opposed to the vaccine appear in similar percentages across all age groups.

The percentage of those who reject the vaccine has declined continuously from 20% in January-February 2021, to 15% in April, 13% in June and 8% in October.

Similarly, the percentage of those who are vaccine hesitant shrank from 43% in February to 31% in April, 20% in June and 8% in October.

Women are more hesitant (13%) than men (9%) and are also slightly more likely to reject the vaccine (8% compared to 7%).

Thessaloniki has more people who are vaccine hesitant or reject vaccines (20%) than Attica (15%), which includes Athens.

The poll was conducted in October on a sample of 635 Greeks aged 18-74.

with kathimerini, amna

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