According to the Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, the government is discussing benefits for vaccinated people with travel tickets.
Minister of Infrastructure and Transport Mr. Kostas Ah. Karamanlis spoke about new opportunities for vaccinated public transport passengers, commenting: “We need to convince doubters to get vaccinated.”
“In government, we have a responsibility to use convictions and incentives. I think it is much more useful to convince someone with logical arguments and the right reason, ”Mr. Karamanlis told ERT reporters and announced that some benefits for public transport users who are vaccinated will be announced soon.
The minister noted that in Athens, almost 2/3 of those using public transport have unlimited travel passes. “We can give some discount to those who have been vaccinated to give some additional incentive and, to be honest, make others feel more confident (who got the vaccine).”
He added that this is what the ministry is discussing with OASA, assuming the announcement will be made in the next few days.
Mr. Karamanlis explained that at this stage there is no question of compulsory vaccination of public transport drivers, since buses have a partition, drivers wear masks, and passengers do not pass through the front door. In the metro, drivers are in a special separate zone (cab) and do not have contact with passengers.
The announcement has dismayed Covid dissidents or anti-vaccineers who intend to stage a large-scale protest rally on Syntagma on July 14 to defend their rights.