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Greece plans to impose monthly fines of $113 for people over 60 who refuse the COVID-19 vaccine

Added 11-30-21 11:14:02pm EST - “Greece is set to make COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for people aged 60 or older, and will use money from the fines to fund its healthcare system.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “Greece plans to impose monthly fines of $113 for people over 60 who refuse the COVID-19 vaccine”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Greece is set to make COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for people aged 60 or older, and announced it would impose monthly fines of $113 on those who haven't booked their first shot by January 16.

The money from the fines will go toward Greece's healthcare system, said Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Tuesday, BBC reported. Greece reported record-high levels of hospitalizations since the start of the pandemic.

About 500,000 people over the age of 60 still haven't received their jabs, said Mitsotakis in a cabinet meeting when he declared the mandate plans, The New York Times reported. Around 66% of Greece's 11 million population is fully vaccinated.

Mitsotakis said the new mandate is "an act of justice for the vaccinated" and added that he hoped it would be viewed as "encouragement, not repression," per The Times.

The decision is to be brought to a vote in parliament soon, said Mitsotakis, and lawmakers are expected to approve it, BBC reported.

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