From the first wave of the pandemic, Greece took decisive measures to protect the most vulnerable groups, as well as our society from the threat of COVID-19, said the Minister of Health, Vassilis Kikilias.
As he said, "united, we managed to respond to the first wave in a way that made Greece a shining example throughout the European region."
Kikilias added that Greece is a country that has shown great resilience to adversity, taking all necessary measures to protect people and ensure that no one will be left behind.
The Minister of Health also referred to the fight against COVID-19, saying that health workers "emerged as heroes, mobilising all their strength, dedication and patience, often at great personal cost, in order to serve the common good."
"For this effort of theirs, we remain indebted to them," Kikilias added.
The Minister of Health also spoke about the great challenge of the day, achieving a wall of immunity through the fair and universal distribution of vaccines.
"In Greece we have already managed to give 9,950,000 doses of vaccine and today we will exceed 10,000,000 vaccinations, covering 53% of the population with at least one dose, while over 4.7 million of our fellow citizens have been fully vaccinated."
"That is not enough for us. We are constantly setting higher goals for mental health and for young people and children," the minister said.
The health minister explained that it is important to keep schools open after the 17-month battle with COVID-19, which is why, as he pointed out, "I urge every health worker and every teacher to be vaccinated."
"All the people who work in the schools, the drivers of the school buses, those who work in the guarding of the schools must be vaccinated. That is the first priority for us," he added.