Tourists watch the changing of the Presidential guards ceremony outside the Greek parliament in central Athens, on Monday, July 12, 2021. Just over 40% of residents have been fully vaccinated but appointments to start the vaccine process have been falling in recent weeks _ prompting the Greek government to increase the pressure on vaccine skeptics. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Health care workers in Greece will be suspended if they refuse to get vaccinated under a new mandatory policy announced Monday by the country’s prime minister.
Staff at nursing homes will be suspended starting Aug. 16 if they fail to book a vaccination appointment, with a similar policy to follow in September for workers at state-run and private hospitals.
Starting Friday, and until the end of August, all indoor commercial areas, including bars, cinemas, and theaters, will only be available for the vaccinated.
“After a year and a half, no one can claim ignorance about the coronavirus anymore,” Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in a televised address. “The country will not shut down again due to attitude adopted by certain people ... It’s not Greece that’s a danger, but unvaccinated Greeks.”