As of last week, gente 60 and older who refuse to get vacunado will be fined 50 euros – equivalent to around $ 56.60. That fee will then rise to 100 euros in February and every month afterward.
Health officials say the threat of a fine has helped increase the take-up rate to more than 90% of this age group, Reuters informó.
Health Minister Thanos Plevris said the fines would be collected through the tax office with the money going to help fund state hospitals.
“The age factor is important because of its impact on the public health service,” Plevris told the Greek outlet Open TV last Sunday.
The new mandate has divided opinion, with some supporting the decision amid a rise in the omicron variant and others expressing frustration. One Greek resident who spoke to Euronews said they were being unfairly punished for not being able to book a vaccination appointment ahead of the mandate taking effect.
“Why didn’t they give me an appointment earlier? It’s not my fault, but now they say that I should pay a fine. Por qué?” the resident told the outlet.
Panagiotis Chatzigiannis, 73, told Reuters that the mandate was good because it will keep people from dying, but it will be “a bit hefty for pensioners.”
Pensioners, who have been dealt a blow over the last decade with the country’s debt crisis, make up about a fifth of Greece’s population of 11 un millón de personas.
El domingo, Greece reported more than 12,100 new cases and a nearly 19,000 seven-day average – down from its peak in early January.
Roughly two-thirds of the population is fully vaccinated, mientras que la ME average is just over 70%. COVID-19 deaths and daily hospitalizations have increased following the arrival of the highly contagious omicron variant, though pressure on ICU capacity has eased slightly.
Muchos European countries have been enacting stricter policies to address hospitals filling up with virus patients.
The Associated Press contribuyó a este informe..