Greece Announces Covid-19 Vaccination for Children 12-15 Years Old

Greece Announces Covid-19 Vaccination for Children 12-15 Years Old

Greece on Monday (26/7) announced that children aged 12-15 can receive Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna's Covid-19 vaccines, expanding on youth vaccination that began this July as infections continue to rise.

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The head of Greece's vaccination committee, Maria Theodoridou, said reaching younger teens in vaccination programs would help protect more vulnerable children and relatives while preparing strategies for returning to school in September.

As a country of 11 million people, Greece to date has given more than 10.2 million first doses.

About 46.8 percent of the population has received the full dose, according to Marios Themistokleous, the secretary general in charge of vaccinations.

In an effort to get more people vaccinated, the government is providing incentives such as cash and free quotas for young people to raise the vaccination rate to 70 percent in the fall.

Greece reported 2,070 infections and five new COVID-19 deaths on Monday, bringing the total to 477,975 infections and 12,903 deaths, respectively.