Greece will receive over 25 million COVID-19 vaccine doses through forward contracts signed by the European Union with pharmaceutical companies.
The first deliveries are expected in early 2021, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said during a teleconference on the vaccination strategy against coronavirus.
“We would be making a huge mistake if this great success of science with the discovery of the vaccine, led us to additional complacency,” he said. “The exact opposite must be done.”
“Now that we know that there is light at the end of the tunnel, now that we are almost certain that, in the first half of 2021, we will have achieved a sufficient level of vaccination to leave this crisis behind, this very information should make us more strong and more focused to observe the protection measures,” stressed Mitsotakis during the teleconference.
The Prime Minister clarified that the vaccine will be free for all citizens.
“I insist on the free access of all Greek women to the vaccine, because this government from the beginning treated the vaccine as a public good. That is why it will be available for free to everyone without exception,” the prime minister said.
“It is our obligation, but at the same time, in this way, our commitment to the protection of public health is declared,” he added.
Referring to the vaccination plan – which was revealed in a report by Ethnos – he stressed that ” special structures will be developed throughout the country in Primary Health Care to be able to implement this mass vaccination. And of course there will be mobile crews that will vaccinate health homes or other fellow citizens, who for various reasons can not move.”
The Prime Minister pointed out that yesterday in Parliament he called on all parties to send a representative to the National Vaccination Committee, which will draw up the COVID-19 vaccination program, adding that the relevant plan should be invested with the “maximum possible political consensus.”
“It is very, very important to convince our fellow citizens that the vaccine will not only be effective, but also safe,” he said.