The first vaccines against the coronavirus have arrived in Greece.

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The first 9,750 doses arrived on Greek land, crossing from the Bulgarian border in the north Friday evening, with the van carrying them escorted by six police cars.

Vaccinations will begin at five Athens hospitals Sunday, with health personnel and elderly residents of nursing homes.

The first inoculations will take place on December 27, in the reference hospitals of Evangelismos, Sotiria, Attica, Thriasio and the Asclepieion of Voula in Athens.

On Sunday, President Katerina Sakellaropoulou and Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will receive the jab.

The next day, vaccines will be sent to the reference hospitals of Larissa,

Thessaloniki’s AHEPA, Ioannina and Patras, and inoculation will start for the medical staff on December 29.

By December 30, Greece will receive another 83,850 doses of the Pfizer-BioΝTech, 429,000 doses by the end of January and another 333,450 doses by the end of February.

By the end of March, Greece will have received 1,265,550 doses from Pfizer-BioNTech.

Health authorities announced Friday 617 new infections over the past 24 hours, along with 50 deaths.

Five subway stations in central Athens were closed Friday afternoon to keep people from congregating in the capital’s festively decorated central squares and avenues.

A nightly curfew at 10 p.m. is still in effect across the country.