Greece is mourning unnecessary losses as it very simply does not have the vaccination rates of other European countries. — Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Greece's prime minister
Greece is mourning unnecessary losses as it very simply does not have the vaccination rates of other European countries. — Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Greece's prime minister
Greece, Facing Surging Cases, Adds Restrictions for the Unvaccinated
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis of Greece announced additional restrictions for the country’s unvaccinated population on Thursday, a bid to keep a recent spike of coronavirus infections from increasing further.

As of next Monday, access to more indoor spaces will be limited to the vaccinated, he said during a televised address. Proof of a negative test will no longer be sufficient for unvaccinated people to enter cinemas, theaters, museums and gymnasiums, he said. The new restrictions broaden those imposed in mid-September, which barred the unvaccinated from the indoor areas of cafes and restaurants.

To increase demand for booster shots, Mr. Mitsotakis also said that the vaccination certificates of those over 60 would expire after seven months. Greece opened eligibility for booster shots last week for all those over 18 who had their last shot at least five and a half months ago. Those who got the Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Moderna vaccines initially were advised to get a Pfizer or Moderna booster. Those who received the Johnson & Johnson shot were advised to get Pfizer, Moderna or a second Johnson & Johnson shot as a booster.

Mr. Mitsotakis appealed to all, particularly the unvaccinated elderly, to get their shots without delay.

“Greece is mourning unnecessary losses as it very simply does not have the vaccination rates of other European countries,” he said.


About 61 percent of Greeks are fully vaccinated, below the average rate in the European Union of 65.4 percent, according to the vaccine tracker of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Since the end of September, new daily cases have shot up from an average of about 2,100 to more than 6,500, according to the Our World in Data project at Oxford University, and daily Covid deaths have spiked over the same period, going from an average of around 30 to more than 74.
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