PM Mitsotakis meets President Sakellaropoulou, accompanied by DUO Day intern with disabilities

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Friday visited President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou for the regular monthly briefing on the government’s actions, accompanied by an intern with disabilities, 26-year-old Konstantinos Rozos, who is accompanying the prime minister during his working day as part of a DUO Day 2021.

DUO Day is a French initiative that pairs people with disabilities with people going about their working day in places of employment, to watch them work.

Mitsotakis spoke to the president about the new measures announced on Thursday to slow the spread of the pandemic, stressing the need to send a single, coherent message to the public from the government.
“The central message I conveyed yesterday and which the measures we announced serve is that we must turn our attention to our older citizens because they are the ones most in danger, to persuade those that had not yet been convinced to get the first dose and to encourage those that have done both doses to get the third, booster shot,” he said.

Mitsotakis said the additional restrictions on the unvaccinated aimed to encourage them to get the vaccine, reporting a significant increase in the number of appointments for vaccination in recent weeks.

The president noted that those who exerted their influence on others to deter them or forbid them to get vaccinated “were essentially leading them to risk their lives and often to death” and once again appealed to all sides to do their utmost to persuade people to get vaccinated without considering political or other costs and benefits.

The prime minister also briefed the president on his trip to the United Kingdom and his meeting with the UK prime minister, where he raised the issue of the return of the Parthenon Sculptures to Greece.