People over the age of 60, the elderly in care units and health professionals can now schedule their appointment for the 3rd dose of COVID-19 vaccine. The dating platform for these categories opens on September 30th.
As explained by the emeritus professor of Pediatrics and president of the National Vaccination Committee Maria Theodoridou, all scientific data support the need for a 3rd dose in these population groups.
Ms. Theodoridou stressed that nine months have already passed since vaccinations began in the country, and referred again to the value of vaccines in terms of protection against the virus and serious disease.
On the occasion mainly of the mutations, Ms. Theodoridou said that the discussion about a third dose of vaccine intensified, saying that the first group that will do it are the people who did not develop any antibodies, for example immunosuppressed.
A second category is people who have reduced antibodies and a third category of people are those who are more exposed to the virus compared to the general population, such as health professionals.
The hope that this 3rd installment will be the final dose, expressed Ms. Theodoridou.
So far, 56,7% of the population has been vaccinated.
From September 14 until yesterday, more than 13.000 commemorative doses of vaccine were given to the first category of citizens who received the "green light" from the National Vaccination Committee for the administration of the third dose, the immunocompromised.
The 3rd dose will be given 6 to 8 months after the 2nd dose of the vaccine.
The 3rd dose is not mandatory and the vaccination is considered complete with the 2 doses.
This also applies to health professionals, as vaccination with the 3rd dose is a recommendation and does not fall under the provisions on compulsory vaccination.
According to the data announced by the Secretary General of Primary Care Marios Themistokleous, the vaccination coverage for young people is - by age - as follows:
35 to 39 years: 59,8% have been vaccinated and with appointments will reach 60,4%.
30 to 34 years: 59,3% have been vaccinated - 60% by appointment.
25 to 29 years: 58,8% have been vaccinated - 59,7% by appointment.
18 to 24 years: 50,2% have been vaccinated - 51,3% by appointment.
15 to 17 years: 28,7% have been vaccinated - 30% by appointment.
12 to 14 years: 15,7% have been vaccinated - 17,44% by appointment.
Asked if there would be a recommendation for a third dose if vaccination coverage rates of at least 80% had been achieved, Ms. Theodoridou responded positively, as it was judged that this contributed to the effective coverage against the virus.
Mr. Themistocleous reiterated that seven out of ten Greeks have been vaccinated, but more could have been vaccinated.
Finally, legislative intervention will resolve the procedural issues for coronavirus vaccinations by pediatricians.