"The best way to protect our children at school is for us to be vaccinated," Theodoros Vasilakopoulos stressed today, noting that this has been proven by work in countries where the school year has begun.
Speaking to MEGA, the professor of pulmonology referred to the most common fear that parents have, which are possible long-term side effects from the vaccine.
As Vasilakopoulos said "short-term side effects are rare cases of myocarditis that are autoimmune".
"Children with coronavirus are much more likely to have such problems than with the vaccine.
"This side effect is 10-12 cases per million.
"The coronavirus disease greatly increases the risk of developing myocarditis, systemic inflammatory syndrome, long-term symptoms, and inability to concentrate.
"The virus goes to our nervous system, there are enough children who have months after weakness in concentration and the learning process."
Vasilakopoulos then revealed that three Greek children have died of the virus.
"Almost every week a child is admitted to the ICU.
"There is nothing more tragic after death than hospitalization in an intensive care unit.
"Children over the age of 12 should be vaccinated unreservedly," he said, adding that the Pfizer study for children aged 5-12 is expected to be approved in September.
"There is no vaccine that has long-term complications.
"There was a rumor, a lie that some vaccines were linked to autism some years later.
"This doctor lost his license to practice, the publication was dropped but the damage had been done," he said when asked about possible long-term side effects of the vaccine.
Vasilakopoulos went on to explain: "Vaccinations are not a medicine that I take every day and after a few years it may accumulate some toxic action, I do it once or twice."
"If Facebook existed when penicillin was discovered, it would have been useless," he concluded.