Free access to the vaccinated on the cards
As Greece’s vaccination program progresses, albeit with participation slightly below expectations in some age groups and parts of the country, the government is preparing for the next step, when it comes to the scope of vaccinations. mandatory and privileged benefits for those who get their shots.
The suggestion of the National Bioethics Committee expected this week and before the end of the month at the latest will be decisive in the government’s decision.
A public debate will ensue over the summer and final decisions will eventually be implemented in the fall. Relatives of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis acknowledge that the reasons actions will be postponed after the summer are that measures to grant privileges to those who are fully vaccinated cannot be implemented until enough vaccines have been received. not made available to the entire population.
In addition, these measures would relate to indoor spaces, so it would be pointless to implement them now because most activities take place outside in summer anyway.
However, while the government awaits the recommendation of the Bioethics Committee, some initial discussions have already taken place.
At the heart of these discussions is the approach that all privileges and benefits afforded to vaccinated members of the public should not relate to the basic functions of social life, but primarily to the sphere of entertainment. More specifically, the measures will facilitate indoor access for vaccinated people to restaurants, bars, entertainment venues (theaters, cinemas, concerts) and possibly to indoor sporting events (basketball, volleyball, etc.).
The government is reportedly considering legislation that will give legal cover to owners of such establishments to restrict entry to their premises only to those who have a vaccination certificate. A possible set of incentives for these companies is also under consideration.
As far as compulsory injections are concerned, this will certainly be the case, as announced by Mitsotakis, for health workers and workers in nursing homes.
As for sanctions for workers who refuse to be vaccinated, the government is considering measures such as transfer to other services and negative effects on issues such as professional development, even wages.