More people of all ages are making their appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccination, with a rapid increase particularly in the last two days.
As the fourth wave of COVID-19 approaches, people are becoming more open to the idea of being vaccinated, especially as daily cases are rapidly rising in Greece following the relaxation of pandemic measurements.
On Monday and Tuesday, the number of appointments that were closed almost tripled compared to the previous days.
Most appointments closed were for people between the ages of 18-24 and 25-29.
There were many appointments that were also booked between the ages of 30 and 44.
With the alarming increase in COVID-19 cases due largely to the easing of measurements and nightlife, young people realise the urgent need to be vaccinated.
In the table below you can see the appointments that have been made per day and per age group until yesterday, July 6.
This is also shown in the graph where the gray line records the appointments in the general population:
The Committee of Specialists is meeting today at the Ministry of Health and will consider a series of measures that could possibly stop the rapid spread.
According to Open TV, among the measures under consideration:
- the resumption of compulsory mask use outdoors
- the return of a curfew (from 12:00 a.m. or from 01:00 a.m.)
- banning music in restaurants (cafes and bars).
What seems to be in favor, however, is the fact that whatever measures are decided, they will be implemented locally.
The most likely scenario is that they will affect those areas that have a more severe epidemiological picture and have a high viral load.
1,797 new COVID-19 cases were announced on Tuesday, frustrating the government and experts, with the inevitable consequence that there will be an immediate reaction from the state.
Some experts expect that there will be over 3,000 cases a day in August if the current trend continues.
In the last two weeks the increase in new cases has exceeded 440%.
According to Deputy Minister of Civil Protection and Crisis Management, Nikos Hardalias, young people are the drivers of the pandemic.
The median age of new COVID-19 cases is 27-year-old, according to Greek health authorities.
32% of recorded positive diagnoses were people infected by gathering outside, said Hardalias, and hundreds more in entertainment venues.
“As long as 40% of adults remain unvaccinated, the Delta mutation directly and directly threatens their health,” warned Hardalias.