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Greek PM proposal to EC: Booster shot for all over 60 for travel within EU

Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis proposed to European Commission that booster shot with vaccines against Covid-19 becomes a “precondition” for a valid EU digital certificate for traveling citizens aged over 60.

In a letter sent to Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday, Mitsotakis proposed that a third dose of a vaccine against Covid-19 be made “a condition of safe travel within the European Union for European citizens above 60 years old.” In addition, he called for this to be “reflected in the European digital certificate” for Covid-19.

In his letter, the Greek PM noted that the resurgence of SARS-CoV-2 infections throughout Europe is attributed to the more infectious delta variant, waning immunity of vaccines administered months earlier.

He also noted that a third dose of the vaccines has been shown to be 90% effective at protecting people from severe Covid19-related outcomes, including death.

“I believe time should not be wasted in order to protect the most vulnerable of our citizens,” he said, and while acknowledging “variance between member states” in their programmes for the third dose, he added that this will “protect against symptomatic infection and keep our citizens healthy and out of hospitals.”

Noting that the scientific evidence suggests that a third dose is strongly recommended for people of older age, Mitsotakis proposed that a third dose be made a condition of travel for those over 60 years old and “reflected in the delegated act concerning the validity period of the European digital certificate which the Commission is planning to adopt and in the Council Recommendations 1475/20 and 912/20 concerning travel in the EU.”

The Greek government ruled last week that the Covid-19 vaccination pass for those over 60 becomes invalid 7 months after full vaccination if inoculated citizens did not proceed to have administered the booster shot.

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2 comments

  1. If there is a risk whilst travelling …all should have the booster shots…not just the over 60s…the young could pass on the virus to older so all should be protected..ie .there should be no exception to increasing the risk..to enyone….ie maximum protection to everyone ….not just over 60s….I am over 60

  2. PM of greece first again !! As I told my austrian neighbors…. You are the best !!!