Greece: New health safety rules for the unvaccinated

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Greek Minister of Health, Vasilis Kikilias, and the Hellenic Society of Intensive Care Units president and Head of the Intensive Care Unit of “Evangelismos” hospital, Anastasia Kotanidou, announced the new measures to shield the country against the fourth wave of Covid-19 pandemic. 

Mr Kikilias said this pandemic can now be characterised as a pandemic of the unvaccinated ones as 90% of the patients in intensive care units haven’t received their vaccine yet. 

New measures for public health will be applied during autumn, but they will mainly concern the unvaccinated citizens. He also concluded by stressing that there will be no extension for the health workers who have not been vaccinated until September 1 and will be terminated from work.

Measures in force from September 13 to March 31 2022

Unvaccinated workers in public and private sectors will have to do a rapid laboratory test per week, in private centres and for 10 euros. Results from this test must be posted on the government website (covid free app).

School pupils will also have to be tested twice a week, with the self-testing kits being provided to them free of charge by the State, while students at Universities will also have to be tested twice a week, at their expense. 

Travellers will have to pre-test with a rapid test 48 hours before the trip, and the kids will also have to be pre-tested with a self-test. Moreover, free tests at public facilities will be limited only to people who have already double vaccinated.

As for the entertainment, entrance to cafés, restaurants, clubs and sports venues will be allowed with the proof of a Covid-19 vaccination or recovery from it. 

Cinemas, theatres, museums, and archeological sites could visit both the vaccinated and unvaccinated ones. The unvaccinated ones had to be pre-tested with a rapid test 48 hours before their visit.

Those new health measures give employers the right to demand proof of vaccination from their employees, while the use of masks will be recommended to be worn.

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