Greece will open its Covid-19 vaccination platform for those aged 30-49 this week, allowing Greeks of that age group to make appointments for the shot on the government’s website.
Starting on Holy Tuesday, Greeks aged 30-39 will be able to schedule an appointment to get the vaccine.
Marios Themistokleos, Greek Secretary General for Primary Health Care, announced that there will be many appointments available for the age group, and they may be vaccinated earlier than they think:
“There are enough appointments — someone who will go in to schedule one tomorrow could be vaccinated the next day.”
The platform will subsequently open for those who are 40-44 years of age on Holy Thursday. Both of these groups will only be able to receive the AstraZeneca shot.
On Holy Saturday, one day before Easter, Greeks in the age group 45-49 will be eligible to receive any available vaccine — regardless of maker.
Currently, any Greek citizen over the age of 50 can get the shot, as the platform opened for those aged 50-54 last Saturday, and those who are 55-59 last Wednesday.
1,317 Covid-19 cases in Greece, 80 deaths, and 811 intubations
Greece recorded 1,317 new cases of Covid-19 on Monday, which marks 83 fewer instances of the virus than the 1,400 cases recorded on Sunday.
Additionally, the country recorded 811 patients with Covid-19 on ventilators on Monday, which is five fewer than the 816 patients undergoing the invasive treatment in the country yesterday, Sunday.
A total of 22,373 coronavirus tests were conducted across the country during the day, bringing the positivity rate to 5.89% in Greece, down from yesterday’s rate of 6.05%.
Tragically, 80 people suffering from the coronavirus passed away in the country over the past 24-hour period, which represents five more than those who died with the virus on Sunday.
609 cases of Covid-19 diagnosed in Attica alone; 161 in Thessaloniki
Of the 1,317 new coronavirus cases recorded in Greece in the past 24 hours, 609 were located in Attica, home to the Greek capital city of Athens.
Instances of the virus were particularly high in the center of the city itself, where 158 cases of Covid-19 were identified Monday.
Tests showed that in Thessaloniki, Greece’s second-largest city, a total of 161 cases of Covid-19 had been diagnosed in the last 24 hours.
Over 10,000 total deaths with Covid-19 in Greece
Since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 334,436 cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in the country, including all those who have recovered from the virus.
Of the cases diagnosed in Greece in the past seven days, just 69 are associated with foreign travel and 2,662 have been linked to contact with a known case.
Of the 811 patients intubated currently, 84.7% are over the age of 70 or suffer from preexisting conditions. Their average age is 68.
On Monday alone, 451 people with the coronavirus were admitted to hospitals in Greece.
Additionally, a total of 2,050 patients have been discharged from ICUs around the country since the beginning of the pandemic.
The 80 new deaths recorded on Monday bring the total number of fatalities in the country to 10,087; 95.5% of those who have passed away with the virus were over the age of 70 or suffered from underlying health issues.