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  • Greece to target unvaccinated over 60-yr-old with huge monthly fines, called "financial extermination measures" by opponents

    How is it that the prime minister is 'tortured' by his decision to torture seniors?

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/w...-b1967117.html
    A price too high: Elderly Greeks say fines for failing to get Covid vaccine are too costly

    Over-60s in Greece who do not get a mandatory vaccine face monthly fines of 100 euros
    Moira Lavelle Wednesday 01 December 2021 09:46
    Greece’s drastic decision to make Covid-19 vaccinations mandatory for people aged 60 and over with fines for those who do not comply has sparked frustration among pensioners who say they are already struggling financially.

    The announcement from Athens on Tuesday means Greece is the second European country to make vaccinations mandatory, after Austria, although it is the first in the EU to target a specific age group.

    Over-60s who have not been vaccinated or made an appointment for their first dose by 16 January will face a monthly fine of 100 euro (£85), with the collected money helping to finance Greece’s hospitals.
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    “(The decision) tortured me, but I feel a heavy responsibility in standing next to those most vulnerable, even if it might fleetingly displease them,” Mitsotakis added. “It’s the price to pay for health.”

    Yet several retirees in Athens told The Independent that the price of failing to comply with the measures was unfair given the state of the country’s economy and the modest pensions afforded to retirees.

    Greece emerged from a decade-long financial crisis in 2018 but saw its economy slump again by 8.2% last year amid restrictions to curb the spread of Covid-19, which also hurt its vital tourism industry.

    “These measures are very bad,” said Agapi Agouridaki, 77, a retiree living in Athens. She has taken three vaccination doses, but believes the fines are an impossible imposition.

    “You do not see the misery every person has? Now they must pay? It’s unacceptable.”

    The average pension in Greece is about 730 euros a month, while the retirement age can range from 60 to 70 years old.

    Eight in 10 retirees in Greece are impoverished and cannot pay for basic living costs such as medicine or electricity, according to 2017 figures from the country’s United Retirement Network...
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