The refrigerator/freezers — which are currently being stored at an undisclosed location — have the capacity to hold 80,000 doses of the vaccine.
They will remain empty until December 26, when the Pfizer vaccine, which was OK’d for use in the European Union on Monday afternoon, is due to arrive in Greece.
Inoculations will begin in five hospitals in Athens and Thessaloniki one day after they arrive, on Sunday, December 27, Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis stated Friday.
The first to receive the desperately-needed vaccine will be healthcare workers.
In an effort to inspire faith in the vaccine’s safety among Greeks, who have expressed doubts regarding the shot and their willingness to take it, Mitsotakis announced that he would be inoculated the first day it becomes available in Greece.
According to PM Mitsotakis, skepticism amongst the population regarding the safety of the shot is Greece’s largest hurdle in the campaign to vaccinate a significant portion of the Greek populace.
Unfortunately, doubts about the vaccine are even prevalent among Greek healthcare workers. According to a recent poll of Greek health professionals conducted by Pulse, 29 percent of respondents are against the vaccination, while 15 percent say that they would “never” take the vaccine.
Assuring the public of the vaccine’s safety and effectively distributing the doses will be integral in beginning the process of returning the country to a semblance of normalcy.
“We should know that only when we are approaching a 70 percent vaccination rate of the entire Greek population will we be able to speak with confidence of leaving the pandemic behind us,” PM Mitsotakis stated on Friday.