The list of government and state officials given priority vaccination against Covid-19 ends with the 66 people already inoculated, deputy government spokesperson Aristotelia Peloni said on the radio station “Parapolitika 90.1” on Wednesday.
The remaining government members, like all other Greeks, will be vaccinated when their turn comes based on the priority sequence decided by the National Vaccinations Commitee, she added.
She also clarified that there was a “fundamental misunderstanding” concerning the vaccinations for symbolic reasons, in order to send a message of unity to all Greeks that the vaccine was safe. These were restricted to the prime minister and the state and political leadership, she pointed out, and would conclude on Wednesday with the vaccination of Communist Party of Greece (KKE) General Secretary Dimitris Koutsoumbas.
Commenting on the social media posts of vaccinations uploaded by members of the government, Peloni said that they were ill-advised “as some exaggerated the image”. She also repeated, however, that the officials getting vaccinations were those deemed essential for the smooth functioning of the state and government, those who were in charge of crucial areas that couldn’t “operate on automatic pilot”.
She noted that these accounted for 66 of 1,128 vaccinations carried out in the country by Tuesday evening and the priority now was to press ahead with the vaccinations of healthcare staff, retirement home residents and staff, as well as the patients and staff in long-term care and recovery facilities, so that this was completed by January 20.