Greek woman travels from Germany to Greece to get COVID-19 vaccine

Irini Anastassopoulou

Doubts about the AstraZeneca vaccine and the fact that vaccinations in Greece are going at a fast pace led a Greek woman, who lives permanently in Germany, to return to Greece to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

According to Deutche Welle, Irini Anastassopoulou took trains, planes and buses, coordinated her dates and finally managed arrived in Greece to be vaccinated and receive the human care of Greek doctors.

"Without any generalisations, it is quite different from German doctors who due to their psychosynthesis and mentality have a different approach to patients," she said.

She initially described what she "went through" to come to Greece.

As she said:

"The decision was not easy. First of all at the level of procedure.

"Negative PCR test no older than 72 hours, choice of day to fly the airline and travel by two trains to the airport, because exceptionally on the day of the flight the German Railways carried out upgrades on the railway network.

"But there were also last-minute surprises: The airline, due to a lack of passengers, merged two flights into one,.

"So, a change of two planes."

Irini Anastassopoulou
Irini Anastassopoulou.

Then she mentions how she managed to make an appointment in Greece.

"The decision was not easy in terms of substance.

"The AstraZeneca vaccine has been implicated in thrombosis mainly in the brain with occasional cases in all countries where it has been used.

"But if I waited for the rigid, slow-moving and bureaucratic vaccination procedures in Germany, it might still be months before it was my turn, and I might have to get the same vaccine.

"In Greece, however, the situation was different.

"My age group was open.

"I was even able to choose the vaccination centre with availabilities for an appointment.

"So simple.

"I immediately received a message in my e-mail and on my mobile phone to confirm the vaccination centre, the time and the day.

"Not only the first but also the second vaccination after 12 weeks."

She goes on to say: "So simple, effortless, without phone calls, bureaucracy and special formalities, with respect for the citizen."

"This was a process that I was looking for and expected to see in organised Germany, but I found it in 'disorganized' Greece," she added.

Finally, speaking about Greek doctors, she noted: "And here it was confirmed once again how human the Greek doctors are.

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Elderly woman being vaccinated.

"The specific doctor of the centre reassured me again and gave me instructions for the next few days.

"The nurse who gave me the vaccine watched me for the half hour I sat after the vaccination.

"I have great respect for Greek doctors and nursing staff because they are not only good doctors, but also very human.

"This, without any generalizations, is quite different from the German doctors, who due to their psychosynthesis and mentality have a different approach to patients.

"I am now in a metabolic phase after going through the known symptoms.

"The main thing is that the process of developing immunity has begun to regain some of the freedom of movement I need due to work.

"And returning to Germany with the good, I have a lot to tell," she concluded.

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