Matina Pagoni, president of the Athens and Piraeus Hospital Doctors’ Association, has called on all population groups for mandatory vaccination, threatening that unvaccinated residents of the country will “stay at home.”
For the sake of building collective immunity, the Greek authorities are ready to go to extreme measures. The President of the Doctors’ Association of Athens and Piraeus Hospitals said that “those who have not been vaccinated will not be able to go anywhere in the winter.” Such a statement caused a controversial reaction even from those who have already been vaccinated, since such a statement from a senior government official sounds like a threat. And in this case, what about the previously declared thesis that “vaccination is considered a personal and individual choice of every citizen” (ie, it is not optional)?
The author of the publication does not oppose vaccination, but asks why the previously voluntary becomes compulsory? After all, Ms. Matina must understand that such a statement from her lips pours water on the mill of vaccine opponents, who tell all sorts of horror stories about the problems after vaccinations. And there are a lot of such people in Greece.
“We will get a 4th wave and a new quarantine this winter if people over 60 are not vaccinated,” says Matina Pagoni, continuing the “pressure” tactic to convince citizens to get vaccinated.
According to her, at the moment the level of immunity is about 22%, and the goal to be achieved is 50% at the end of June, 75% at the end of August and 80% at the beginning of September. Ms Pagony stressed that 60+ groups should literally “run to get vaccinated”.
For my part, I would like to advise the respected doctor not to threaten the inhabitants of Greece, but to find other words and methods for persuasion. Because in the mentality of the inhabitants of Hellas, threats are usually perceived with hostility and give a completely opposite result. Remember at least Mussolini’s ultimatum and Metaxas’s answer, and then think about your words.