Greece lifts vaccine mandate & fines for unvaccinated adults

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The Greek government has made new amendments to its domestic covid measures. They have made the announcement that unvaccinated citizens over 60 years who refuse to get vaccinated would not be forced or fined for the denial.

According to the report, governments have announced that the anti-vaxxers are not obliged to get the vaccination dose. At the same time, the citizens who are already vaccinated may be required to get the fourth shot, which also includes the second and third shots. The government has not disclosed whether they are allowed to visit public venues or spots.

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Those over 60 who were not vaccinated will no longer be fined 100 euros ($111), although only 14 percent paid, and it was not indicated whether they would be subjected to pre-tests. Shall be charged, or a fine surcharge shall also be levied.

Health Minister Thanos Pleveris said the fines had been suspended since the measure was imposed in mid-January. People over 60 were more likely to be infected and hospitalized, further straining the health system.

He said the ministry is still trying to figure out some way to persuade those refusing to be vaccinated to take the shots, a strategy that has failed since the campaign began in 2021.

The government is looking to further ease health restrictions as the summer approaches, eager to get in as many tourists and their money as possible to speed economic recovery.

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