Greece strengthens vaccination rules as COVID-19 cases hit 1 mln

Source: Xinhua| 2021-12-13 18:22:23|Editor: huaxia
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ATHENS, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- Greece's government is strengthening vaccination measures as COVID-19 infections in the country hit one million on Sunday.

The National Public Health Organization announced 3,225 new cases and 90 more related deaths in the past 24 hours, which brings the total to 1,002,877 and 19,245 respectively.

In the wake of the emergence of the Omicron variant, Greece has strengthened measures to curb the spread of the virus.

Starting on Monday, people over the age of 60 who have not received a booster shot within seven months after the second one are considered unvaccinated, according to Greek health authorities.

While entering indoor venues, their vaccination certificates will no longer be in effect and they will face the same restrictions as those who have not received a single shot.

The government announced a few days ago that residents over 60 who have not booked appointments for inoculation by Jan. 16, 2022 will face a monthly fine of 100 euros (113 U.S. dollars).

Besides, a committee of experts advised the Greek government to administrate a third dose to all adults three months after the second dose or infection.

Since Dec. 10, parents are able to make appointments for vaccination for children aged 5-11.

To date, over 6.7 million people have been fully vaccinated in Greece and over 2.2 million booster shots have been administered, official data showed on Sunday. Enditem

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