Greece to scrap 100-euro fine for unvaccinated elderly

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The 100-euros penalty on Greek citizens over 60 that remain unvaccinated against COVID-19 will be suspended on April 15, Ekathimerini reports.

Greece’s Alternate Health Minister, Mina Gaga, was speaking on SKAI TV on Wednesday and said the measure will be re-examined in September.

READ MORE: COVID jabs up 10 times in Greece as people over 60 rush to avoid fine.

The imposition of fines was first introduced in November 2021 to encourage vaccination among senior citizens, who were the most at risk of hospitalisation and serious complications after contracting the virus.

Greece’s Alternate Health Minister, Mina Gaga, announced the news on Wednesday.

READ MORE: Greece to make vaccinations for people over 60 mandatory.

At the time, Greece became the first European country to target an age group with a vaccination mandate.

The measure was hailed by some and criticised by many including Greek MP Yanis Varoufakis, who called the move a “draconian measure.” 

READ MORE: Yanis Varoufakis on Greece’s move to fine unvaccinated people aged 60 and over.

Source: Ekathimerini.

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