Over the weekend, Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis visited the 'Mega Vaccination Centre' housed in the Helexpo exhibition center in Maroussi, Athens.
"We have done over 500,000 vaccinations and we have booked more than one million appointments. We are fully meeting the commitment we made to vaccinate our fellow citizens who want to be vaccinated as quickly as possible and with the maximum possible safety, depending on the amount of vaccines we receive each week," he said.
Mitsotakis also thanked everyone involved in the roll out of the vaccination programme against Covid-19.
The giant vaccination centres have been set up in order to greatly increase the daily capacity for vaccinations and will initially operate between 8am-8pm.
"What we are interested in is ... for citizens to come and get the service they deserve, to be vaccinated quickly and with safety and for this process to run as quickly as possible. This ordeal will be over when a significant number of our fellow citizens have been vaccinated," Greece's PM added.
On his part, General Konstantinos Floros, Chief of the Hellenic National Defence General Staff, said that the armed forces were once again at the side of society during the pandemic.
Δεσμευτήκαμε να εμβολιάζουμε όσο το δυνατόν πιο γρήγορα και με τη μέγιστη δυνατή ασφάλεια τους συμπολίτες μας που θέλουν να εμβολιαστούν, ανάλογα με τη ροή εμβολίων που λαμβάνουμε. Από Δευτέρα θα υποδεχτούμε τους πρώτους Αθηναίους στο εμβολιαστικό κέντρο “Προμηθέας” στο Μαρούσι. pic.twitter.com/QcOGodbQfa
— Prime Minister GR (@PrimeministerGR) February 13, 2021
The mega vaccination centre in Maroussi will have 96 vaccination units when it is working at full capacity.
It will initially carry out 2,400 vaccinations a day in February, which will eventually increase to 5,760 a day and 150,000 a month.
Appointments will be booked every 15 minutes.
There is also a special entrance/exit providing disabled access, as well as an examination room and a small clinic for those requiring short-term medical assistance or experiencing any undesirable reactions.
A similar centre has been set up at the Thessaloniki International Fair exhibition facilities, which will initially have 24 vaccination units and will be capable of administering 1,000 vaccinations a day, rising to 6,480 a day and 160,000 a month.
Το ραντεβού για εμβολιασμό είναι ραντεβού ζωής.
Νοιαζόμαστε, προστατευόμαστε, εμβολιαζόμαστε. pic.twitter.com/uXLPVn8VI0
— Prime Minister GR (@PrimeministerGR) February 14, 2021
Last week, the government imposes a two-week lockdown in Athens, to stem a spike in covid-19 infections.