Kikilias tours islands, says COVID-19 vaccinations are a priority

Vasileios Kikilias

Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias visited the vaccination centers on the islands of Naxos, Iraklia and Schinoussa on Thursday, accompanied by the general secretary for primary healthcare Marios Themistokleous.

Kikilias stated that the islands are an “Eleftheria” (Freedom) project priority as islands are a comparative advantage for Greece.

“I saw nice people, smiling and full of optimism,” he said, adding: “This is the meaning and soul of Eleftheria program.”

“To vaccinate not only the major urban centers but every corner of Greece,” said Kikilias.

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He repeated that 2 to 2.5 million doses of the vaccine will be available in May and 3.5 to 4 million doses in June and urged every citizen to get vaccinated, particularly the elderly and vulnerable groups.

“We are happy that the islanders are responding and are getting vaccinated,” the minister added.

On his part, Themistokleus stated that the vaccinations on islands with populations below 1,000 people are concluding and soon the vaccination rate on the larger islands will accelerate.

The vast majority of the citizens of Iraklia island are getting vaccinated on Thursday, something that is a cause for optimism.

“We will continue with the other islands so that by next month we will have covered the greater part of the population of our islands and we will then have vaccination centers only on the larger islands,” he said.

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