In a televised address to the nation on Thursday (Nov. 18), Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced from Monday (Nov. 22), the unvaccinated will be banned from much of society— including restaurants, cinemas, museums and gyms—even if they test negative for SARS-CoV-2.
“This is indeed a pandemic of the unvaccinated,” Mitsotakis asserted. “Greece is mourning unnecessary losses because it simply does not have the vaccination rates of other European countries.”
Additionally, COVID-19 vaccination passports of those over 60 will now only be valid for seven months. Health officials say it is an effort to encourage people to get a COVID-19 booster shot.
Those who are still hesitant to get the COVID-19 vaccine would “think differently if they heard what the unvaccinated who got sick experienced in intensive care units,” Mitsotakis claimed.
The Greek prime minister said he would propose making this type of lockdown for the unvaccinated an EU-wide standard to the European Commission.