The platform for coronavirus vaccinations for all those Greek citizens who are between the ages of 75-79 opened on Friday as the nation grapples with the storm “Medea,” which will bring snow, rain and high winds to the country.
An urgent meeting of the Civil Protection Ministry was held on Friday at civil defense headquarters, chaired by Citizen Protection Minister Michalis Chrisochoidis and Deputy Civil Protection and Crisis Management Minister Nikos Hardalias.
As expected, the storm complicated plans for the ongoing vaccination efforts around the country as the nation braces for the cold front that is expected to arrive in Greece on the weekend.
The two ministers emphasized the need for the country’s municipalities to have all means at their disposal and to work closely with the Hellenic Police and local fire departments, which have already been placed on full alert, and to facilitate the unobstructed rollout of the vaccines against COVID-19 as much as possible.
The General Secretariat for Civil Defense, meanwhile, urged the public to exercise caution and take measures to protect against the dangers posed by the severe weather, including icy conditions, strong winds, snow and heavy rain.
Vaccinations for this age group are expected to start on February 15.
The platform for all Greek citizens aged 60-64 opened on February 10. This age group will be the very first to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine, of which Greece has received 45,000 doses. Vaccinations for this age group will also start on February 15.
Vaccinations in these age groups will be done in parallel with those of citizens aged 80-84 years.