The new, upgraded vaccines against Covid-19 and the Omicron variant BA2, the 3rd booster shot, are on low flights in Greece, as the majority of citizens apparently is waiting for the next series that will cover also the Omicron 5 and are expected to arrive next month..
According to data by the National Health Care Organization EOPY, the citizens’ interest remain low in the first days the platform to book appointments for the upgraded vaccines opened on September 12 and vaccination started two days later.
And this despite the fact that the National Vaccination Committee has urged those over 60 and especially those groups of high risk and the chronic ill to have administered the 3rd booster shot.
Less than 12,000 citizens followed the Committee advise and rushed to get the 3rd booster shot. So far, the booster doses of vaccines administered do not exceed 12,000.
Scientists have recently emphasized that the vulnerable groups of the elderly and patients with serious chronic diseases should be vaccinated immediately, however, many are waiting for the new – even more updated – vaccines that also offer protection against the latest Omicron variants BA4 and BA5.
The first delivery of these vaccines is expected in the last week of September, the general secretary of Primary Health Care Marios Themistokleous, reportedly emphasized in the last update on vaccinations, and then their distribution will begin as soon as possible.
He stressed, however, that one must weigh whether to vaccinate with the first updated vaccines or wait for the newest ones.
Vaccinations with 3rd booster shot Sept 14-18: Total 12,000
It is worth noting that a few citizens received vaccination against Covis-19 for the very first time in Sept 14-16: A total of 354 people.
Platform to book vaccination appointments at emvolio.gov.gr