U.S. Embassy in Greece issues new health alert over Covid-19 vaccines

U.S. Embassy in Greece issues new health alert over Covid-19 vaccines 1

The U.S. Embassy in Greece has issued a new health alert advising  U.S. citizens residing in Greece of the following developments regarding COVID-19 vaccination in Greece. For further information, please see the Greek government’s COVID-19 vaccination website. Please also review information about COVID-19 vaccines on the Centers for Disease Control website, and monitor the U.S. Embassy’s COVID Information Page for further developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic in Greece.

Registering Foreign Vaccinations in Greece
Individuals who completed some or all prior COVID-19 vaccination doses in the U.S. or other countries may now register their vaccinations in Greece through a Κέντρο Εξυπηρέτησης Πολιτών (Citizens’ Service Center, or “KEP”). They will then be able to obtain appointments for booster shots or complete a partial series of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine in Greece and receive a Greek vaccination certificate with QR code. A Greek vaccination certificate will be issued ONLY after the second or booster dose is received in Greece. Review full information on the emvolio.gov.gr website and seek assistance from your local KEP.

Vaccination Appointments for Children aged 5-11
The Greek vaccination appointment system is now open for children aged 5-11. Individuals over 12 years of age are also eligible for vaccination, according to the emvolio.gov.gr website.

Booster Shots Now Available in Greece After Three Months
Adults aged 18 and above are now eligible for a booster dose three months after their second dose was administered (or two months after the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccination). For information on how you can request a vaccination appointment, please visit https://emvolio.gov.gr/ or your local pharmacy.

Mandatory Vaccination for Older Ages
The Greek Government has announced plans to require mandatory vaccination for all citizens over 60 years of age. According to these plans, citizens in this age group must have received at least their first dose by January 16, 2022 or face a 100 Euro fine per month. Greece has also announced that Greek vaccination certificates will expire for those in key age groups if they do not receive a booster shot within a specified time. Monitor Greek public health and vaccine program websites for more information as the Greek government releases further details regarding these plans. Please note that U.S. citizenship does not exempt you from Greek laws and regulations while traveling or residing in Greece.

Actions to Take:

For full details, visit the COVID-19 page on our website.
If you develop a fever and/or respiratory symptoms such as shortness of breath or cough, stay indoors and immediately seek medical attention by contacting the National Public Health Organization by dialing 1135.
Visit the CDC’s webpage on Travel and COVID-19. Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before any international travel.
Read the country information page for Greece.
Follow the instructions of local authorities.
Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program(STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.

Assistance:

U.S. Embassy Athens
+30 210-721-2951
[email protected]

U.S. Consulate General Thessaloniki
+30 2310-376-300

State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or +1 202-501-4444

 

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