Greece residents over 60 will be fined 100 euros per month if they fail to be vaccinated against the coronavirus under the first general COVID-19 mandate announced by the country’s government
The measure was announced in response to a wave of cases and the emergence of the ommicron variant. It will come into effect on Jan. 16 with the fines added to their tax bills, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in a televised announcement on Tuesday.
Greece’s death toll surpassed 18,000 this week with confirmed infections at record levels as about a quarter of the country’s adult population is unvaccinated.
“The new omicron variant is of concern to us and means we need to be vigilant,” Mitsotakis said.
“Unfortunately, of the 580,000 unvaccinated of our fellow citizens over the age of 60, only 60,000 have made appointments to get vaccinated in November,” he said. “But it is mainly people over 60 who need hospital treatment and unfortunately lose their lives. These deaths are not necessary.”
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