"We have made significant progress, but we must use every means at our disposal so that in the next two months of the summer we can convince every citizen who may have second thoughts, who may have phobias, to get the vaccine so that when will start in the autumn, to have reached the desired 70% with 75% immunity of the population ", stressed the Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis during his introductory speech at the meeting with the representatives of the Union of Greek Regions, the Central Union of Greek Municipalities and the leaders of Ministries of Health and Interior on the developments around the pandemic and the course of vaccinations.
The Prime Minister stressed the importance of the involvement of the Local Government, the Church, Civil Society and the business world in this phase of the vaccination campaign and noted that "it is important to insist on better implementation of health measures, but at the same time to accelerate them. vaccinations in those areas that have a lower share of the national average ".
"Unfortunately, there are several such areas and we will need the help, the most active participation of the Local Government in order to be able to go to the level of the micro-scale of each Municipality, in order to identify our unvaccinated fellow citizens who could be vaccinated with the appropriate argument. . "We will need your help in matters of controls, especially in stores where it is more" prone "- to put it so politely - in a fun, which is intertwined with the faster spread of the virus", stressed Mr. Mitsotakis Addressing the representatives of the Local Government, while he stressed that "the goal of vaccination can not be left behind in the summer" and "therefore in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and your assistance we will organize mobile vaccination units in all its tourist areas of the country, so that not a single day is lost ".
Referring to the Delta mutation that has already been identified in our country, he stressed that "it is a matter of time, as the European ECDC estimates, for the prevailing mutation to take place here as well as in other countries" and underlined that this means that "those who today "They are unvaccinated, especially our most vulnerable fellow citizens, they are at greater risk of becoming infected and seriously ill."
"Since last week we have seen a significant increase in active cases. It is of the order of 75%. We are in just over 6.000 active cases today. I want to emphasize that most, but not all, are mainly about young ages. "From the investigation carried out by EODY and the Civil Protection, it appears that they are related -as we expected- mainly to entertainment and mobility activities", added Mr. Mitsotakis.
Immediately after the introductory speech of the Prime Minister, Professor Sotiris Tsiodras presented the complete epidemiological picture of the country, emphasizing the areas where there has been a strong upward trend of the pandemic lately, such as Attica, Crete and the South Aegean.
Vaccination coverage by Region - map
The upward trend is observed especially at younger ages. As recorded in the traces, which were later referred to by the Deputy Minister of Civil Protection, Nikos Hardalias and the President of EODY Panagiotis Arkoumaneas, the entertainment venues and the gatherings are the main sources of transmission.
The Secretary General of Primary Health Care, Marios Themistokleous, presented the tables with the vaccination coverage by region and stressed that vaccines and appointments are available everywhere.
The Ministers of Health, Vassilis Kikilias and Interior, Makis Voridis, pointed out the importance of cooperation with the Local Government and the identification of specific problems per region, in order to make a targeted vaccination effort. All the Local Government officials who spoke expressed the need to intensify the vaccination campaign and to make even closer cooperation with the government and the services of the Ministry of Health and the church to increase vaccination rates.
The Deputy Minister of Interior, Stelios Petsas, was entrusted by the Prime Minister with the coordination between the government and the vaccination services in order to proceed faster with the vaccination in specific areas.
The entire introductory position of the Prime Minister in the meeting is as follows:
"We are now entering the next phase of our vaccination campaign and at this point I believe that the involvement of the Local Government, the Church, Civil Society, the business world, is extremely important.
As Marios Themistokleous will present in more detail, 56% of adults have already taken a dose, while almost 47% are fully vaccinated. In absolute numbers, 5 million of our fellow citizens, fortunately, will have made at least one installment today.
We have made significant progress, but we must use every means at our disposal so that in the next two months of the summer we can convince every citizen who may have second thoughts, who may have phobias, to get the vaccine so that when start in the fall, to have reached the desired 70% to 75% immunity of the population.
"As you know, the Delta mutation has already been identified in our country. It is a matter of time, as the European ECDC estimates, for the prevailing mutation to take place here as well as in other countries. We are already seeing it more intensely, for example in Crete. What does this mean; That those who are not vaccinated today, especially our most vulnerable fellow citizens, are at greater risk of becoming infected and seriously ill. Already last week we observe a significant increase in active cases. It is of the order of 75%. We are in just over 6.000 active cases today.
I want to emphasize that most, but not all, are mainly about young ages. The investigation conducted by EODY and the Civil Protection shows that they are related -as we expected- mainly to entertainment and mobility activities.
We observe that in other countries where an increase in cases due to vaccination is detected, at present, at least this does not translate into a serious burden on health systems. However, as long as a significant proportion of adults remain unvaccinated, especially older ones, the Delta mutation will directly threaten their health. That's the message for having a safe and free summer is one: Get vaccinated, but also get tested regularly before and after each social activity. I must emphasize that more than 60% of positive cases are detected thanks to self-tests. Therefore, regular diagnosis is very important. It should become part of everyday life, especially for those who have not yet been vaccinated or have not completed their vaccination.
Self-tests are extremely useful so that we can detect any inputs earlier and be able to encircle these cycles before they widen alarmingly much.
Let me also give another crucial element, to which I personally attach great importance. In the last quarter, we studied in detail the hospitalizations in the Intensive Care Units, but also the deaths due to COVID-19 at the critical ages of 60 to 80 years. The conclusions are that 99% - I repeat 99% - of the serious cases that, unfortunately, either end up in the ICU or lose their lives, are our unvaccinated fellow citizens who had the opportunity to be vaccinated. It 's a real shame.
That is why today the competent government officials from the Ministry of Health, from EODY, from the Civil Protection, will present the image of cases and vaccinations. It is important to insist on better implementation of health measures, but at the same time to speed up vaccinations in those areas that have a lower share of the national average. There are, unfortunately, several such areas and we will need the help, the most active participation of the Local Government in order to be able to go to the level of the micro-scale of each Municipality, to identify our unvaccinated fellow citizens who could be vaccinated with the appropriate argument. We will also need your help in matters of control, especially in stores where it is more "prone" - to put it so politely - in a fun, which is associated with the faster spread of the virus.
In closing, I would like to say that this summer is definitely the period when we are all waiting to rest from a difficult winter. But the goal of vaccination can not be left behind in the summer. That is why, in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and with your assistance, we will organize mobile vaccination units in all the tourist areas of the country, so that not a single day is lost.
Thank you again for the excellent cooperation we have had all this time. We are now called upon to take the above step one step further as a country to reach the national target of vaccination rates which you are more or less familiar with. Let me reiterate that, at the moment, there are no issues with vaccine availability. "Every citizen can be vaccinated very quickly with any vaccine they want, as the issue, which has plagued us for several months of not having enough vaccines, has now been effectively addressed."
The meeting was attended by the Minister of Health, Vassilis Kikilias, the Minister of Interior, Makis Voridis, the Minister of State, George Gerapetritis, the Deputy Minister of Local Government, Stelios Petsas, the Deputy Minister of Civil Protection and Civil Protection, Crisis Management, Nikos Hardalias, the Deputy Minister of Interior, responsible for Macedonia - Thrace, Stavros Kalafatis, the Deputy Minister under the Prime Minister, Theodoros Libanios, the Deputy Minister under the Prime Minister, responsible for the coordination of the Government, . Of Prevention and Volunteerism, Panagiotis Prezerakos, the general secretary of Primary Health Care, Marios Themistokleous, the President of EODY, Panagiotis Arkoumaneas, the professor of Pathology-Infectious Diseases of the Medical School of EKPA, The vice-president of the Central Union of Greek Municipalities, Lazaros Kyrizoglou, the second vice-president of the Central Union of Greek Municipalities, Dimitris Karnavos, the governor of Attica, George Patoulis, the regional governor of Central Macedonia, Apostolos Tzitikeris Me, Arch. Of the Aegean, Konstantinos Moutzouris, the governor of Western Greece, Nektarios Farmakis, the governor of the Ionian Islands, Rodi Kratsa, the governor of the Peloponnese, Panagiotis Nikas, the governor of Central Greece, Fanfeis Marios , the governor Of Thessaly, Konstantinos Agorastos, the governor of Crete, Stavros Arnaoutakis, the governor of the South Aegean, George Chatzimarkos and the mayor of Aspropyrgos, Nikolaos Meletiou.