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Coronavirus Vaccine Rollout Speeds Up in Greece

Greeks aged 30-39 are now eligible to be vaccinated. Credit: Greek Government

The coronavirus vaccine rollout is speeding up in Greece, as over 4,600,000 shots have been distributed in the country as of May 19. It is estimated that 1.7 million Greeks have already been fully vaccinated.

According to the Greek Health Minister Vasilis Kikilias, the country ranks fourth in the European Union in terms of vaccinations per 100,000 people, and fifth in terms of citizens who have been fully vaccinated.

Followed by the rather encouraging data published by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDP), these numbers show that Greece has taken the mission to vaccinate as many citizens as quickly as possible very seriously.

With the tourist season just around the corner, the Greek government has been clear that under no circumstances will safety and health be compromised. The country has only just reopened after being under a strict lockdown since November.

Greek health officials insist that strict hygiene protocols to contain the spread of COVID-19 will remain in place in the country.

After pledging to vaccinate the inhabitants of Greek islands which usually attract the majority of tourists, officials from the Greek Ministry of Health announced that vaccine rollout will continue with three million Greeks to be vaccinated by Friday.

Coronavirus vaccine appointments for young adults aged 20-29 by June

According to government officials, Greeks aged 20-29 will be able to make appointments to get their Coronavirus shot by June.

Young Greeks seem ready to follow the lead of those aged 30-39 years, who overcame potential fears about alleged side-effects associated with the Astrazeneca vaccine, and rushed to book their appointments.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), young people are the primary drivers of the spread of COVID-19, so their inoculation raises the hope of putting an end to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus numbers seem to ease in Greece Wednesday

The National Organization for Public Health (EODY) reported that a total of 2,293 new cases of the coronavirus were diagnosed on Wednesday, and 53 more people had died, which brought the death toll of all those who had succumbed with the disease to 11,587 since the beginning of the pandemic.

On Tuesday, a total of 2,802 individuals had been diagnosed with the disease.

The number of those who had passed away with the coronavirus is ten fewer than the previous day, Tuesday, when 63 people had succumbed with the disease.

The total number of all those who have been diagnosed with Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic — including all those who have recovered from it — is now 383,558.

The total number of patients being treated by intubation rose to 642 on Wednesday, up from 639 the day prior; their average age was 67.


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