Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced on Thursday evening that unvaccinated citizens are banned from indoor venues and that all above 60 years old will be obliged to receive a booster shot as their vaccination certificate will expire after 7 months..
In his televised address to the nation, the Greek PM said that the new measures will go info force on Monday, November 22, 2021.
“All adult unvaccinated citizens, next to [closed] restaurants, will not enter other indoor spaces even with negative [RAPID Test of PCR] test,” Mitsotakis said and named them as cinemas, theaters, museums or gyms.
“It is an immediate protection action and, of course, an indirect urge to get vaccinated,” he underlined.
However, he noted that unvaccinated churchgoers should have a negative laboratory test, as the Synod of the Orthodox Church of Greece has already called for.
He also said that the vaccination certificate for vaccinated persons over 60 years old would “expire” seven months after the administration of the full vaccination. This age group will be given one month time to receive the booster shot.
He added that large number of unvaccinated seniors are driving health crisis.
Mitsotakis said further that rolling working hours would also apply in the public and private sectors in order to avoid overcrowding, especially at rush hour times and on public transport means. Special provisions will apply for parents with schoolchildren.
He added that controls would be ramped up.
Private doctors would be requisitioned to support the National Health System, he added.
Mitsotakis said his plan was for Greece “to have a better Christmas this year than last year.”
His full address to the nation here in Greek.