Greece to fine over-60s €100 per month for refusing Covid-19 vaccine

Greece to fine over-60s €100 per month for refusing Covid-19 vaccine

PanARMENIAN.Net - Greece is to make Covid vaccinations mandatory for people aged 60 and over. Fines of €100 will be imposed at monthly intervals from mid-January on those who refuse, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said, according to the BBC.

The money will go towards the Greek health system, which is struggling with a surge in hospital admissions.

About 63% of Greece's 11-million population is fully vaccinated, but data show more than 520,000 people over 60 are yet to get the jab.

"Greeks over the age of 60... must book their appointment for a first jab by January 16," the premier said in a statement to the cabinet. "Their vaccination is henceforth compulsory."

While countries have made vaccines mandatory for health workers and other high-risk workers, Greece will become the first in the EU to target a specific age group. Austria has announced that compulsory Covid vaccinations will start in February.

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