Greek govt urges vaccination against Covid-19, influenza, as cases surge

Last Updated on January 11, 2024 by IANS

Athens, Jan 11 (IANS) The Greek government has urged further increase in vaccination rates against Covid-19 and influenza, amid a surge of infections in recent weeks.

The Greeks “who lost their lives lately were almost entirely unvaccinated,” said Health Minister Adonis Georgiadis on Wednesday during a press conference in Athens.

Out of 1,028 deaths linked to Covid-19 reported since September across the country, only two were vaccinated, and out of 90 patients currently hospitalised in intensive care units only two are vaccinated, according to data presented by Ministry officials.

The health system in Greece was still not under significant pressure from hospitalisations. Therefore, the Ministry opted to stay with a strong suggestion for the use of protective facemasks mainly in hospitals and not proceed to an announcement of mandatory use of masks or other measures, like the ones introduced recently in other European countries, officials said.

In a country of nearly 10 million people, only 210,000 have received the latest dose of the vaccine against Covid-19 since autumn, and 2.9 million citizens have been vaccinated so far against the flu down from 3.4 million last year, Xinhua news agency reported.

Greece records since November a gradual rise in Covid-19 cases, unseen since the summer of 2022, and a further increase was expected in the coming days, according to Ministry experts, due to contamination during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays gatherings.

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