According to recommendations by the Ministry of Health specialists committee that were accepted by the government on Wednesday, there are changes to Greece’s vaccination policy, including vaccinated students and teachers being required to only do one self-test a week now.
Currently, students and teachers who have been vaccinated are required to do two self-tests a week, with the results filed on an online government platform.
In addition, sports arenas will return to full capacity (100%) in terms of spectator admissions.
The government will provide details in the coming days through the publication of a governmental ministerial decision (KYA).
Meanwhile, the obligatory vaccination of staff in private and public healthcare facilities has been extended until December 2022, according to a regulation included in a Health Ministry draft law.
This draft law is for the approval of a new Stavros Niarchos Foundation donation to the Hospital of Sparti.
Also extended, until June 2022, was the mandatory requirement to present a certificate of vaccination or illness for those employed in the public and the private sector, the operation of the vaccination centres, the provision of vaccinations against the novel coronavirus by the National Health System, the national campaign for vaccination against the coronavirus, the integration of private doctors in the national vaccination programme, the deadline for hiring supplementary medical, nursing and support staff, the measure for staff transfers and the compensation of private clinics whose beds were requisitioned to cover the emergency public health needs due to the surge in COVID-19.
Meanwhile, Greece confirmed 23,106 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, with 20 of these identified at entry points to the country, the National Public Health Organisation (EODY) said on Wednesday.
Since the pandemic began, Greece has confirmed 2,861,993 infections (daily change: +0.8 pct). In the confirmed cases of the last 7 days, 158 infections are related to travel from abroad and 1,385 to other confirmed cases.
There are also 53 deaths recorded in the last 24 hours, bringing the total of pandemic victims to 27,083. Of these, 95.3 pct had an underlying condition and/or were aged 70 or over.
A total of 338 patients are on ventilators in hospitals. Their median age is 70 years and 90.8 pct have an underlying condition and/or are aged 70 or over. Of the total, 210 (62.13 pct) are unvaccinated or partly vaccinated and 128 (37.87 pct) are fully vaccinated.
Another 4,414 have been discharged from ICUs since the pandemic began.
In addition, 434 Covid-19 patients were admitted to hospital in the last 24 hours (daily change: +29.94 pct). The average admission of patients with Covid-19 to hospitals over the last 7 days was 355.
The median age of new infections is 35 years (range: 0.2 to 112 years), while the median age of the deceased is 79 (range: 0.2 to 106 years).