Why K. Mitsotakis decided to make the vaccine mandatory for those over 60 – The comparison with other EU countries

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By Dimitris Gatsios

Following the health measures, the government is extending the strategy of mandatory vaccinations to a critical age group.

More than 60 of our fellow citizens, who have not been vaccinated (there are about 520,000 people) should have made an appointment with the company “Eleftheria” by January 16 and make the first dose.

This category will have absolute priority in the system of “Eleftheria”, while those who do not proceed with this move every month will be imposed an administrative fine of 100 euros which will be confirmed immediately by AADE. And by law this money will be collected in a special fund which will finance the hospitals.

With this move, announced by Mr. Mitsotakis, during the cabinet meeting, the government aims to shield an age group, which does not move at a satisfactory level in terms of vaccines, records high hospitalizations, but also losses from the Covid-19. “It is a decision that I must tell you that tormented me personally. However, I feel a heavier responsibility to stand by the most vulnerable, even if they may be temporarily dissatisfied. I have absolutely no doubt that this political decision will save human lives. “Vaccination is becoming more than mandatory. It saves lives. It is necessary for health. It is now necessary for the whole society,” said Mr. Mitsotakis. “It is not a punishment. I would say it is a price of health. A precautionary motive, a boost of life but I believe it is also an act of justice for the most vaccinated. “Some others stubbornly refuse to take it for granted. My decision means protection and not punishment. And after what applies to health professionals, it now comes to complete the persuasion campaign that we have been following for months,” he added.

The scientific and operational data that led the government to the decision of obligation

1) 9 out of 10 deaths from COVID concern citizens 60+
2) 7 in 10 intubated patients are 60+
3) 8 out of 10 intubated are unvaccinated
4) in the last month, the increase of new appointments in the population group 60+ is only 3% compared to 5-15% in the remaining ages, while the risk is inversely proportional for this population group.
5) in countries such as Portugal and Denmark that have achieved 99% vaccination in this group the pressure on the health system and the loss of life is up to 10 times less than in Greece

Typical comparison of data with other countries of the European Union:


πŸ’‰ Vaccination rate in citizens 60+ πŸ‘‰πŸ» 99.5%

Occupied ICU COVID πŸ‘‰πŸ» 80

πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸ¦³ Daily deaths πŸ‘‰πŸ» 13


πŸ’‰ Vaccination rate in citizens 60+ πŸ‘‰πŸ» 99.1%

πŸ₯ Occupied ICU COVID πŸ‘‰πŸ» 47

πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸ¦³ Daily deaths πŸ‘‰πŸ» 10


πŸ’‰ Vaccination rate in citizens 60+ πŸ‘‰πŸ» 93.1%

πŸ₯ Occupied ICU COVID πŸ‘‰πŸ» 32

πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸ¦³ Daily deaths πŸ‘‰πŸ» 5


πŸ’‰ Vaccination rate in citizens 60+ πŸ‘‰πŸ» 83%

Intubated COVID patients πŸ‘‰πŸ» 657

πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸ¦³ Daily deaths πŸ‘‰πŸ» 92

In view of the holidays, the state is taking another complementary measure.

“From December 6 to 12, he will provide a free self-test to every adult, vaccinated or not,” to identify possible asymptomatic carriers of the virus before Christmas, “the prime minister said.

-The exact same exercise will be repeated from January 3 to 7 “to monitor the transmission of the pandemic during the holidays”.


Source From: Capital

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