It will be announced next week when the vaccination platform for the 40-49 age group (40-44 and 45-49 years old) will open, announced Marios Themistokleous, Secretary General of Primary Health Care.
Speaking on SKAI radio on Friday afternoon, when asked if people aged 40-49 would receive the AstraZeneca vaccine or would be eligible for all types of vaccines, he said “the answer will be given by Monday.”
As a reminder, the platform for the 50-54 age group will open on Saturday 24 April, and two days ago a platform for the 55-59 age group was opened and, as a priority, a separate platform for teachers, regardless of age. Mr. Themistocleous assured that those who are now making an appointment will be vaccinated in May.
According to the official, vaccination with the drug Johnson & Johnson will begin on May 5, as it became known on Tuesday. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has recommended unrestricted use of the coronavirus vaccine from the American manufacturer Johnson & Johnson, without highlighting specific risk factors. The drug can lead to blood clots in very rare cases, but its benefits outweigh the risks, the agency said in Amsterdam.
It is worth noting that Greece is expected to receive 300,000 doses in May and 960,000 in June. Earlier, the head of the German National Vaccination Committee emphasized that the J&J vaccine is “safe and effective, and its side effects are extremely rare.”
Mr Themistocleous noted that vaccination centers will remain open on Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Monday. They will only be closed on Easter Sunday.
Vaccinations for 30-39-year-olds with the AstraZeneca vaccine are expected to begin on Wednesday 5 May. The Secretary General of Primary Health Care noted that the vaccination rate in the age groups for which the platform is open is over 60%, stressing that Greece is not much different from the rest of Europe. According to him, herd immunity should be achieved during the summer.