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Mandatory vaccination for over 60 in Greece: Details, exceptions, fines

The Greek government tabled an amendment enacting the mandatory vaccination of all citizens in the country aged over 60 years old. The amendment attached to a bill of the Health Ministry was submitted to the Parliament on Wednesday morning and is scheduled to be voted later on the day.

According to the amendment:

every person born before or on December 31, 1961 who is a resident of Greece is required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 “for imperative reasons of protection of public health” before January 16.

This means that every person over 60 years old in the country is required to have received the first dose of vaccination by January 15, 2022,m while the full vaccination must take place according to prescribed procedures and in foreseen time..

Exceptions

  • People who have recently recovered from Covid-19, for a period of up to 180 days from the diagnosis
  • People who have proven health reasons why they cannot get vaccinated.

Fines

People belonging to this age group who fail to get vaccinated within the time allowed, an administrative fine of 100 euros for every month they remain unvaccinated will be imposed.

For the month of January only, the fine will be halved to 50 euros and will be imposed to those still unvaccinated from January 16, 2022 onward, even if they receive the first vaccination dose on or after Jan 16.

The fines will stop being collected on the first day of the month following that in which a first vaccine dose was received.

All fines will be automatically collected by the Independent Authority for Public Revenues (AADE) using a method that fully protects personal privacy.

The sums raised in fines will be used only to bolster the national health system as part of the effort to manage the pandemic.

The amendment also stipulates that the time when the measures cease to be in force are to be decided by the health minister, based on epidemiological data.

Health Minister Thanos Plevris is scheduled to give more details on the issue tomorrow, Thursday, December 2.

The mandatory vaccination for those over 60 was announced by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Tuesday and took many by surprise, including his cabinet ministers.

Note that still last week, the PM and his ministers were reiterating that there were no plans to extend the mandatory vaccination to society groups except the health workers.

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9 comments

  1. What will happen if the current vaccine does not work for Omicron?
    The group of 50 to 60 will be next in February?
    Etc.. 40-50 ..
    This is the biginning of the end of health freedom. Smoking when you are 60 or alcohol.
    Also a fine if you don’t stop. Smoking and alcohol are also bat for “for imperative reasons of protection of public health”.
    So what next???

  2. Wondering out loud if they know what EUA means? And now that the Modena CEO says that the EUA jab will not be sufficient against this new variant; will this in any way rein in these jokers?
    Seriously they have not proved to me that I should get this EUA jab, and since the pharm corps have no liability I am really left to one choice and that is no way José.

  3. stealing money automatically from the weakest – barbaric…
    and of course this will not be the last group 🙂

  4. Is it wrong to wonder that three months after the fines commence, that if the Government allow unvaccinated over 60 years of age tourists into the country, they will be fined pro rata at 25 euro per week of their stay.

    Or if they are subjected to appropriate medical checks to avoid said fine, the same provision will be made available to the Greek people.

    • Good point Savvas, and who is a “citizen” and does Greece have authority over the sovereign rights of a non-Greek?
      Things that make you go “Hmmm!” 😎

    • It says residents of Greece, so it won’t apply to tourists (who will still need a vaccination or PCR test to enter or whatever regulations are in place at the time)

  5. shame on you misotakis !!!!greece stand up,for the older ones,

  6. Maybe some conflict with Data Protection Laws. Sharing of private health data from health service with the tax department?
    “All fines will be automatically collected by the Independent Authority for Public Revenues (AADE) using a method that fully protects personal privacy”. B***sh**t.
    EUA = emergency use authorisation , not approval for general use. Jabs are not approved, neither are Monoclonal Antibody treatments.
    😎