First entry: Wednesday, 16 December 2020, 07:57
The countdown for the coronavirus vaccination has started in our country, as it is not ruled out that the first vaccinations will start on December 26, as estimated by Germany. The vaccine will arrive on the same day in all EU countries, after the approval of Coreper, and then each country will start the vaccination, depending on its planning.
During his speech in Parliament yesterday, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis stressed that the goal is to get the vaccine “free” and safely to all parts of the country and for every citizen. He also said that there will be 1,018 vaccination centers and 65 mobile units where the coronavirus vaccinations will take place.
According to Ursula von der Leyen, after pressure from European leaders, the vaccine is expected to be approved next week. Specifically, on December 21, the European Medicines Agency will meet to decide whether to give the “green light” for the Pfizer vaccine, so that the process of its distribution to European citizens can begin immediately.
In our country, 250,000 vaccines are expected to arrive initially and 125,000 Greeks will be vaccinated, as two doses of the vaccine will be needed. The first to be vaccinated are the health, the elderly, the vulnerable groups and the workers in closed structures. However, in the first phase, the vaccination will not include pregnant women, minors, but also those who have already been diagnosed with coronavirus.
The first doses of the vaccine are expected to gradually reach our country by January 1. In the coming days, the government is aiming for an information campaign on the deep-frozen refrigerators that will be used for the vaccines, the premises, the drugstores and the factories from which they will be transported from abroad to Greece.
“Vaccination marks the beginning of the end of the pandemic. “Our freedom, and that is why we will call this operation”, the prime minister noted during his speech in Parliament. However, until 60% of the population is vaccinated, experts warn that we will wear a mask and follow the measures.
Four ways to get the vaccine
There are four ways for citizens to make an appointment to get the coronavirus vaccine, according to the Minister of Digital Government, Mr. Kyriakos Pierrakakis, who did not rule out the possibility of others being added.
He said that the vaccination of the population is the largest supply chain exercise since World War II, adding that the ministry’s assistance in vaccination is the development of multiple systems, supply systems, but also systems to make appointments for citizens.
The citizen, based on the prioritization that will be announced, will have the opportunity to book the 2 appointments for the vaccine doses (with a specific time and date) either digitally through the emvolio.gov.gr platform, or through the platform for the intangible prescription, either through pharmacies but also KEP.
The appointments will also be confirmed and there will be a possibility of change.