Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis met with advisors and government ministers virtually on Saturday in order to discuss the country’s Covid-19 vaccination plan.
Reportedly, vaccinations will begin in January, with healthcare workers having priority. Greeks will be able to make appointments to receive the free shot at one of the country’s 1,018 vaccination centers that are currently being created in order to best distribute the vaccine to as many people as possible.
Although the vaccine’s arrival is imminent in the county, Mitsotakis stressed that Greeks should remain vigilant in following the state’s anti-virus measures to avoid further spread of the virus and reduce stress on the Greek national health system.
It was also stressed that a public information campaign is needed to boost confidence in science and convince those who are skeptical about the safety of the vaccine. It was pointed out that the contribution of the medical community will be crucial in this area.
Preparation meetings will take place on a regular basis in order for everything to be ready and for the vaccination to start immediately after the receipt of the vaccines expected in January.
Greece Records 1,383 New Cases, 98 Deaths
A total of 1,383 new coronavirus cases were diagnosed in Greece on Saturday. There are currently 594 intubated patients with Covid-19 in Greece, and 98 people with the virus passed away in the past 24 hour period.
In total, 114,568 cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in Greece since the beginning of the pandemic, including all those who have recovered from the virus. Of this total, 4,981 are associated with foreign travel and 30,207 with contact with a known case.
Of the 594 intubated patients, 77.3% are over the age of 70 or suffer from preexisting conditions. Their median age is 65, and 171 of the patients are female. A total of 641 patients have been discharged from ICUs around the country.
The 98 new deaths recorded on Saturday bring the total number of fatalities in the country to 2,902. Of all those who lost their lives after suffering from the virus, a total of 1,156 have been female.
The median age of those who passed away with Covid-19 is 79, and 96.1% of them were over the age of 70 or suffered from underlying health issues.