Greeks discuss benefits for those vaccinated

Under pressure to open up tourism to save this summer season, Greece was the first EU country to propose an EU-wide vaccination certificate. [Shutterstock/ Cryptographer]

The Greek authorities are currently discussing potential “benefits” for those citizens who have been vaccinated using the so-called vaccination certificate.

Vana Papaevangelou, a member of the committee of experts of the ministry of health, said these are not incentives and disincentives.

“But really people who have been vaccinated can get involved in more activities,” she explained.

“The truth is that those vaccinated can take part in many activities, whether it is concerts, gyms or many other things. It is something that is still under discussion and as soon as we have it ready, we will announce it”, she added.

Under pressure to open up tourism to save this summer season, Greece was the first EU country to propose an EU-wide vaccination certificate.

The discussion at the EU level for the so-called “Green Pass” – or COVID-19 certificate as the EU Parliament suggested – is underway but only aims to facilitate travel across the bloc.

Moreover, the EU Green Pass does not only concern vaccinated people but also those who a negative PCR test as well as those who recovered from COVID-19.

According to the Commission’s proposal, the internal use of such a document is up to the member states to decide. The legality of its use will be determined by the local courts, the Commission added. (Sarantis Michalopoulos | EURACTIV.com)

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