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The Prime Minister said that Greece is required to vaccinate everyone over 60 years old

ATHENS (Reuters) -Greece said on Tuesday that it would make COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for those aged 60 and older, a drastic step for the country facing a fresh surge in coronavirus cases.

Authorities said they would impose a 100-euro ($114) fine for any unvaccinated individuals over 60 years of age. This measure will be in place every month from January 16 onwards.

About 63% of the population of about 11 million people are fully immunized. Vaccination appointments have increased in recent weeks.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis told a cabinet meeting: “We are focusing our efforts on the protection of our compatriots and for this reason their vaccination will be mandatory from now on.

“Greeks over 60 who have not been vaccinated, by January 16, must make an appointment for their first dose, otherwise they will face an administrative fine of 100 euros a month.”

Greece has recorded a spike in infections this month, with daily cases hitting a record high.

It has recorded 931,183 infections and 18,067 deaths since the start of the pandemic last year.

This month, the country banned unvaccinated people from indoor spaces including restaurants, cinemas, museums and gyms, even if they tested negative for coronavirus. .

(1 dollar = 0.8805 euros)

(Reporting by Lefteris Papadimas; Writing by Michele Kambas; Editing by Edmund Blair)

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