Themistokleous said that over 80 percent of people age 60 and over have been vaccinated, but the government has essentially made it mandatory for this age group, imposing a 100-euro monthly fine.
Main opposition SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras not long ago accused the government of 'timidity' and demanded that the government toughen its stance and limit the room for the unvaccinated.
Compulsory vaccination for citizens who are age 60 and over is both necessary and urgent. The numbers and all the data leave no time or space for further experimentation and toleration.
Sixty-Somethings who refuse the vaccine belong to the generation of the baby boomers – those born between 1946 and 1964 - and lived a life of nearly uninterrupted peace and almost continual prosperity.
Everyone sees that the government is bedeviled by the dilemma of choosing between the economy and public health measures and that it is confronted with intense social pressures.
Even if one does not have legal training, one can comprehend that there can be no individual right that imperils the lives of others, because that would mean that we have anarchy instead of democracy.
“By 16 August, healthcare workers must have completed the first vaccine dose. Whoever refuses to be vaccinated or has not completed the second dose will be suspended from work without pay,” the minister announced.