The Greek authorities are going to oblige people over 60 to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Vaccine refusers could be fined every month, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced on Tuesday.

The fine amounts to about 100 euros per month.

"Greeks over 60 who have not yet been vaccinated must have an appointment for a first vaccination by Jan. 16," Mitsotakis said.

The vaccination obligation for people over 60 is intended to "protect fellow citizens".



In Greece, about 63 percent of the population is fully vaccinated.

People who have not been vaccinated already face restrictions in Greece.

For example, they are not allowed to go to catering establishments, cinemas and museums.

Greece is not the first European country to make vaccination compulsory for large groups of citizens.

Austria will introduce a general vaccination obligation in February.

In that country too, vaccine refusers will soon have to take fines into account.

According to current plans, these can amount to thousands of euros.

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