Growing COVID-19 pandemic numbers drive young Greeks to get vaccinated

Α Decrease font Enlarge font
Growing COVID-19 pandemic numbers drive young Greeks to get vaccinatedThe number of cases has begun passing 7,000 daily, some 15 times what it was earlier in the summer before the government vaccination scheme called Eleftheria (Freedom) stalled badly

 New Democracy government campaigns trying to persuade anti-vaxxers to be inoculated against a hard-charging resurgence of COVID-19 have largely failed but the jumping number of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths has convinced many, especially the young, to rush for their shots.

Citing the most recent data, Kathimerini said that the profile of those wanting to be protected is reaching younger people, especially with worry that it takes two shots weeks or months apart to be fully protected and that some who got only one dose are still susceptible.

The number of cases has begun passing 7,000 daily, some 15 times what it was earlier in the summer before the government vaccination scheme called Eleftheria (Freedom) stalled badly.

The fourth wave of the pandemic has apparently scared the wits into many of those who were skeptical or afraid of side effects or other reasons not to get the shots.

It’s unclear what effect the soaring pandemic has had on anti-vaxxers who doubt the safety or efficacy of the vaccines that work, and those who think it’s part of an international conspiracy to alter their DNA or control their minds.

Since Nov. 1, bookings have continued to rise almost exponentially, with a total of 225,547 in the first 10 days, the newspaper noted, and that appointments for a first shot have especially increased in hard-core areas of resistance, such as Drama, Kilkis, Pella, Pieria, Serries, Ilia and West Attica.

Those areas had vaccination coverage of less than 50 percent and held back the fight to reach 70 percent, which is what health officials said is needed to beat back the pandemic. Less than 62 percent of the country is fully protected.

In Thessaloniki, which has also been hard hit by the fourth wave and has been a symbol of defiance against vaccinations and health measures, people are also beginning to book their shots to get protected.

As Greece’s public hospitals have been overwhelmed with rising cases of COVID-19 being spread by anti-vaxxers not ordered to be inoculated, the New Democracy government is said to be thinking of conscripting private doctors to help.

Private physicians were ordered during lockdowns when the pandemic began in early 2020 to assist after most refused a call to provide services, and private hospitals weren’t being fully used either.

Health Minister Thanos Plevris, who has no experience in the health field, said the private doctors would be directed to join the fight if not enough of them volunteer to deal with a resurgence of the Coronavirus, said Kathimerini. “In order to strengthen the hospitals, people (doctors) are leaving Athens, which is still not under pressure, to help in other regions, but we have also given incentives to private doctors with an amendment,” the minister said during a visit to the city of Larissa in central Greece where the viral load is high.

“I want to be clear on that. If private doctors do not respond to the incentives, we will be forced to issue a requisition order,” he said, without explaining what the incentives would be otherwise.

Even as the number of cases has set records, he said there won’t be any lockdowns again as the government has instead required the unvaccinated to show proof of negative COVID tests to get into most public spots.

He again urged people to be vaccinated, a persuasion campaign that has failed and keeps being repeated although only some 61 percent of the population of 10.7 million has been vaccinated, short of the 70 percent needed to beat back the pandemic.

He also said that unvaccinated minors will have to show a negative COVID self-test that can’t be verified against any identification – not molecular or rapid tests – if they want to get into establishments where anti-vaxxers are allowed to mix with the vaccinated.

Plevris said he wants a probe into reports that some gynecologists are recommending that pregnant women not be vaccinated against COVID-19.

That alleged advice came as the number of cases was setting records and had the New Democracy government scrambling over how to slow it, requiring the unvaccinated to show negative COVID tests to enter most public places.

In a letter, Plevris asked the Panhellenic Medical Association to examine the relevant complaints, “and to judge whether such medical advice contradicts the rules of medical science and endangers the health of patients,” said Kathimerini.

The association said that it assists local medical groups which have the authority to investigate such complaints and will ensure that action is taken in proven cases, the paper said.

There have been several cases of pregnant women with severe COVID-19, including a 40-year-old nurse who was in intensive care at the University Hospital of Larissa in central Greece and a 38-year-old who died in the northern port city of Thessaloniki, her mother saying her doctor told her not to get the shot.

That would go against the recommendations of Greece’s scientific agencies, including the Hellenic Obstetrics and Gynecology Society which issued guidelines about getting vaccinated.

Read more at thenationalherald.com

RELATED TOPICS: GreeceGreek tourism newsTourism in GreeceGreek islandsHotels in GreeceTravel to GreeceGreek destinationsGreek travel marketGreek tourism statisticsGreek tourism report

Photo Source: pixabay.com

Tornos
  1. 16/08 21:08

    Hollywood actress Demi Moore enjoys her Greek holidays on yacht

  2. 16/08 21:03

    Legendary “Christina O” yacht passes thru the Isthmus of Corinth in Greece (video)

  3. 16/08 20:50

    Outgoing British Premier Boris Johnson continues Greek holidays (video)

  4. 16/08 18:00

    Greece records 73,210 new Covid-19 cases and 258 fatalities on August 8-14

  5. 16/08 12:47

    High temperatures expected in Greece over the next days

  6. 12/08 15:08

    AP report: CDC drops quarantine and distancing recommendations for COVID-19

  7. 12/08 15:06

    US Ambassador to Athens meets with Greek Health Ministry leadership

  8. 12/08 15:06

    US Ambassador to Athens meets with Greek Health Ministry leadership

  9. 12/08 15:01

    Global air cargo traffic stays stable and resilient in June

  10. 12/08 14:53

    Greek museums to organize free concerts and tours on Friday August 12 marking full moon

  11. 09/08 21:16

    IATA launches AVSEC Insight Platform to assist managing business security risks

  12. 09/08 21:04

    Dominican Republic among UNWTO members recording strong tourism rebound

  13. 09/08 21:00

    Greek Culture Ministry's project for the protection of the medieval city of Rhodes

  14. 09/08 18:08

    Greece records 100,421 new Covid-19 cases and 314 fatalities for August 1-7

  15. 09/08 16:12

    Archbishop of America: Greek-Americans to fund reconstruction of Balikli hospital

  16. 08/08 14:12

    Greek Tourism Minister: This year sector proved that is Greece's heavy industry

  17. 07/08 13:57

    28 lighthouses to open for the public in Greece on August 21

  18. 04/08 14:16

    Protection and recording of rare biodiversity of 20 archaeological sites in Greece

  19. 03/08 23:18

    Restoration works to historic Syntagma square of Athens almost completed

  20. 03/08 23:10

    Greek Tourism Minister meets Ambassadors of Sweden and Norway

  21. 03/08 19:13

    Greek Prime Minister says record tourism money can’t buffer country’s economic slide

  22. 03/08 14:07

    Samos Young Artists Festival at Pythagorio Ancient Theatre on August 7-13

  23. 03/08 13:21

    Greece offers Saudi Prince royal treatment: 350 limos and Athens Acropolis tour

  24. 02/08 23:26

    Greece records 122,230 new Covid-19 cases and 355 fatalities on July 25-31

  25. 02/08 09:50

    British Museum offers only to loan Athens Parthenon marbles to Greece

  26. 02/08 09:37

    UNWTO: Global tourism consolidates strong recovery amidst growing challenges

  27. 02/08 09:29

    Culture Minister: At least 16,000 people visit Athens Acropolis daily this summer

  28. 01/08 20:54

    Medical Tourism: Personal Doctor platform opens in Greece on Monday

  29. 01/08 09:47

    Undated wreck of exploded ship found off Kythnos island in Greece

  30. 29/07 14:02

    Spain imposes minimum spending for Non-European Union tourists

  31. 29/07 00:38

    Greek government announces subsidy programme for purchase of e-vehicles

  32. 28/07 23:32

    Media: Electric aircraft to revolutionize travel and protect ecosystem in Greece (video)

  33. 28/07 19:23

    Impressive copy of Aphrodite of Milos statue revealed on the Greek Island

  34. 28/07 18:40

    Greek island of Corfu hosts Prince Edward and British royals

  35. 28/07 17:20

    German Foreign Minister: Greece one of our closest partners in Europe

  36. 28/07 12:28

    7th International Documentary Film Festival 2022 'Beyond Borders' on Castellorizo island

  37. 28/07 11:49

    10th consequent Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Award for Athens Walking Tours

  38. 28/07 00:46

    UNWTO sets out shared goals and opportunities for sector in Paraguay

  39. 28/07 00:26

    IATA: States progress towards long term aspirational goal on aviation emissions

  40. 28/07 00:15

    Sinking averted: Grounded luxury yacht safely anchored in Greek island of Mykonos (videos)

  41. 28/07 00:13

    Greece and Saudi Arabia ink 16 business deals in Athens on Wednesday

  42. 28/07 00:02

    Bank of Greece: Higher tourism receipts in 2022 to lead to improved economic growth

  43. 27/07 23:48

    Travel Market Report: Why shoulder season is the next big tourist trend

  44. 27/07 14:20

    Fewer asylum seekers but more refugee arrivals up in Greece during June 2022

  45. 27/07 00:08

    10th Athens Flying Week on September 17 and 18

  46. 26/07 17:18

    Greece records 136,077 new Covid-19 cases and for July 18-24

  47. 26/07 15:23

    Signing of business deals between Greek and Saudi companies on Wednesday

  48. 25/07 21:15

    Special climate envoy addresses meeting on 'Our Ocean - Greece 2024' in Athens

  49. 25/07 17:08

    Athens metro stations to close on selected dates this summer

  50. 25/07 15:50

    Authentic Marathon Swim | Swimmers from 14 countries supported North Evia

  51. 25/07 14:23

    Wildfires contained on the Greek island of Lesvos and Ilia prefecture

  52. 23/07 00:43

    International Air Transport Association issues statement on Dublin Airport charges

  53. 23/07 00:09

    'Saristra' festival returns to the Greek island of Kefalonia on July 29-31

  54. 22/07 21:58

    Four-month-old roe deer, named 'Emilios' rescued in Xanthi of Northern Greece

  55. 22/07 19:53

    Media: Furor in Greece over plan invading protected environmental Natura sites

  56. 22/07 15:49

    Temperatures to reach 40C in Greece in the next few days

  57. 22/07 15:06

    Greece's Thessaloniki Urban Transport staff continue mobilisations during August

  58. 21/07 21:53

    Eight Greek salads among the 50 best in the world

  59. 21/07 20:50

    Greece braces for mild heatwave until the end of July

  60. 21/07 19:40

    Media report: Greece rakes in tax and tourist receipts but won’t cut food tax

  61. 21/07 18:33

    Minister: Duration of Greek passports doubled from five years to ten

  62. 21/07 17:44

    Greek government adopts 12 measures for fire-stricken households and firms

  63. 20/07 23:11

    Cyprus Agriculture Minister welcomes win-win deal on halloumi cheese

  64. 20/07 19:26

    European Union sanctions against Russia push Greece’s fur business toward end

  65. 20/07 19:22

    AP: Fire subsides in Penteli but reaches people’s yards in Megara of Greece (video)

  66. 20/07 17:22

    Molecular tests against COVID-19 to record possible mutation at five Greek airports

  67. 20/07 14:07

    Bus routes changed due to destructive fires in Attica Region

  68. 20/07 10:34

    Sick air traffic controller draws attention to shortages at smaller airports in Greece

  69. 19/07 21:02

    Dozens of international celebrities choose Greece again for vacations this year (video)

  70. 19/07 19:22

    Medical Tourism: Greek parliament approves assistive reproduction bill

  71. 19/07 18:21

    Greece records 148,435 new Covid-19 cases between July 11-17

  72. 19/07 18:13

    Organic olives and olive oil from Sparta in Greece studied by American universities

  73. 19/07 16:17

    US Ambassador to Athens visits Greek village of Diplatanos Thermou

  74. 18/07 09:39

    Very high risk of fire again on Monday in five Greek regions including Attica

  75. 17/07 21:48

    Prime Minister: Greece and France stand united against global climate crisis

  76. 16/07 13:25

    Government: Greece in 12 countries worldwide with full legal equality of women and men

  77. 16/07 13:01

    IATA: Canadian government urgently needs to remove COVID-19 travel restrictions

  78. 16/07 11:34

    Greek FinMin pressures banks and servicers for more private debt settlement deals

  79. 16/07 10:21

    Tourist swept out to sea in Northern Greece saved by holding beachball

  80. 15/07 22:35

    Village of Melabes in Rethimno of Greece evacuated as widlfire approaches

  81. 15/07 21:35

    Tourism statistics inform United Nations reports on sustainable development

  82. 14/07 23:20

    IATA: Premature return to pre-pandemic slot rules risks prolonged disruption

  83. 14/07 21:42

    "Wolf of Wall Street" Jordan Belfort parties in Greek island of Mykonos

  84. 14/07 14:14

    New species of onion plant found in Kilkis of Greece

  85. 14/07 00:12

    Thousands of olive trees donated to restore groves of Ancient Olympia in Greece

  86. 13/07 20:14

    Biggest supermoon of 2022 most visible tonight

  87. 13/07 20:05

    Young tourists surprised to meet Greek Prime Minister at Athens International Airport

  88. 13/07 16:51

    High risk of fire forecast in five Greek regions on Thursday

  89. 13/07 14:30

    2023 UNWTO Global conference on wine tourism in La Rioja

  90. 13/07 11:43

    OAG survey: U.S. travel demand remains strong for 2022 despite inflation

  91. 13/07 09:55

    Greek Minister discusses natural gas contingency plan with US Ambassador

  92. 12/07 22:37

    Aegean Airways and Hellenic Petroleum sign SAF supply deal

  93. 12/07 21:50

    Greece records 13,623 new Covid-19 cases per 1 million people in July 4-10

  94. 12/07 21:00

    Greek parliament approves amendment to cap profit margins in home appliances

  95. 12/07 00:20

    UNWTO: Advancing safe mobility for stronger travel sector recovery

  96. 11/07 21:32

    American ethnomusicologist Christopher C. King receives honorary Greek citizenship

  97. 11/07 21:15

    Over 100,000 Israeli tourists visited Greece in June

  98. 11/07 15:19

    The first Japanese park of the Greek capital of Athens opens its gates

  99. 10/07 21:28

    Chinese head of OLP: Piraeus port a significant international hub in all areas of activities

  100. 10/07 19:35

    Greece records 13,306 new Covid-19 cases and 28 fatalities on Sunday