Greece fines 300,000 people over 60 for not having been vaccinated against covid

Greece begins to fine unvaccinated people over 60Tickets will be issued this Tuesday.Getty

From January 17, those over 60 who have not been vaccinated will be penalized with 100 euros per month

Health workers who are sanctioned will not be able to go to work and possibly suspended from employment

The money collected from the fines will be used to finance public hospitals, according to the Minister of Health

The authorities in Greece have fined some 300,000 people over the age of 60 for not having been vaccinated against the coronavirus. The fines, which are being processed by the Ministry of Digital Governance, will begin to be issued this Tuesday, according to the Kathimerini newspaper. Thus, at the end of the week, the fines will appear on the website of the Greek tax agency. The law indicates that citizens over 60 who have not been vaccinated before January 17 will be fined 100 euros per month until they are vaccinated, although the amount of the fine was 50 euros in January. This will imply that we 4,700 health workers will not be able to go to work until March 31 and will risk being subjected to a suspension of employment and salary until the end of the pandemic. For his part, the Minister of the Interior, makis voridis, has pointed out that prefers not to refer to this situation as a “layoff”. “Dismissal is when I stop working with someone. When I go to health workers and tell them that to provide health services you have to be vaccinated, I have not fired anyone, I have set a condition for the provision,” he asserted. . The fines will not apply, however, to those who are exempted for health reasons. The Greek Minister of Health, Thanos Plevris, explained that the money collected from the fines will go to finance public hospitals. “The age factor is important because of its impact on health services,” he said on Sunday in statements to the Open TV network.

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