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Greece introduces €100 fine for unvaccinated elderly citizens


Greece has introduced fines for elderly residents who have not been vaccinated against the coronavirus. From mid-January, those who refuse to be vaccinated against COVID-19 will be facing a €100 fine each month.

Greek authorities have decided to introduce €100 fines for residents over the age of 60 who refuse to vaccinate against COVID-19, the Financial Times reported, citing a statement by the country's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. "We are focusing on protecting our fellow citizens and for this reason their vaccination will now be compulsory," Mitsotakis said.

He said a monthly fine will be assigned to those residents in this age group who do not receive the first dose of vaccine by January 16. The money collected is planned to be used to fund hospitals, the Greek prime minister added. According to him, some 580,000 people over the age of 60 have not yet been vaccinated against the coronavirus. 

"This is not a punitive solution, but it will protect our citizens," the prime minister added. "This is the price to pay for health," he concluded. The average pension in Greece is around €730, Reuters noted.

Greece has recorded around 1 million cases of coronavirus infection and more than 18,000 deaths linked to COVID-19 since the pandemic began, the FT points out. The country was one of the first in Europe to revaccinate.

source: ft.com