Arrived at “Athens Airport “the first large batch of 83,850 doses of the Pfizer vaccine

A special flight, which landed just after 8:30 this morning at Athens International Airport arrived 83 850 doses of the vaccine of Pfizer / BioNTech against Covid-19.

These installments are in addition to the 9,750 installments we received on December 26, which were received by the rest of the EU countries, regardless of the population of each country.

In “El. Venizelos “was the Deputy Minister of Civil Protection Nikos Hardalias, a branch of the Civil Protection, as well as representatives of the Armed Forces, the police and the Fire Brigade. “We are continuing normally based on our business plan”, was the only statement made by Mr. Hardalias.

According to information transmitted by ERT, the doses of vaccines will be in a large container. Then the first large batch of vaccines will be distributed to the five central storage points and from there the distribution will be done with transport planes to the vaccination centers.

Vaccine dose schedule

The Secretary General of Primary Health Care, Marios Themistokleous, mentioned yesterday the schedule for receiving the vaccines.

Mr. Themistokleous stressed that today, December 29, Greece will receive the first large batch of Pfizer-BioNTech, 83,850 installments.

Each week will be followed by the remaining deliveries of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines that correspond to our population and based on the central European agreement, 419,250 doses will be delivered to us by the end of January and another 333,450 doses by the end of February.

By the end of March we will have received only 1,255,800 installments from Pfizer-BioNTech and this number is likely to increase if the EU reaches an agreement on an additional 100,000,000 installments.

To these installments will be added the deliveries of Moderna, which is expected to be approved by Coreper on January 6 and concern 240,000 for the first quarter of 2021.

To these will be added the deliveries of the company AstraZeneca, and after receiving approval from Coreper, 500,000 installments by the end of January, 800,000 in February, 1.5 million in March and 2.2 million in April. Also to these, after the approvals, will be added the deliveries from three more companies.

It is estimated, as Mr. Themistokleous said, that the vaccination of the population will start on January 20, according to the prioritization of the National Vaccination Committee.

Prioritization criteria

Ms. Theodoridou reiterated the criteria for prioritization, for the method of vaccination, emphasizing that “there is no evidence of arbitrariness”, the process has been based on documented data of the world literature, international organizations and bioethical rules.

Increased risk of intellect is the first criterion. And old age has been found to be the number one risk factor for serious illness, the professor said.

The second criterion is the increased risk due to exposure to the virus and the main group at serious risk are the health ones. “We are very pleased to note that there is widespread acceptance of the vaccine by health professionals.”

The third criterion is to ensure the care and treatment of vulnerable people.

The last criterion concerns a small group of 50 people related to the functioning of the state.

This prioritization does not include persons under 18 years of age. There are no studies and fortunately the disease at these ages is mild, it rarely has a severity, said Ms. Theodoridou.

Ways for the citizen to make an appointment for the vaccine

The platform for the citizen to make an appointment will open a week earlier than January 20, when the vaccination will start.

Mr. Themistocleous, reminded the ways to make an appointment. If he is registered in the intangible prescription, he will automatically receive the message (if he belongs to the prioritization groups) for his appointment. The second way is through the platform that with AMKA the citizen will be able to see if he belongs to the groups that are vaccinated when the appointments open and if so then he will be able to make an appointment. They can also make appointments at pharmacies and KEP.

“The process will be fully digitized and has been developed in such a way as to ensure that no one can bypass the prioritization, to be vaccinated through the window,” he said.

He added that “safety valves have been developed and the National Transparency Authority has been activated for the above control of the process”.

Digital vaccination certificate

According to Mr. Themistocleous, the citizens who will be vaccinated after the completion of the second dose will be able to issue a vaccination certificate for their own use only, and it will contain the basic information, when the vaccination was made and the type of vaccine.

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