Greece launched its Covid-19 vaccination process this week releasing guidelines on how to book an appointment under the national vaccination operation. The vaccine is expected to be available to Greece’s general population in mid-January.
Those wishing to get vaccinated can either:
– log in to http://emvolio.gov.gr using their TAXIS codes and AMKA number (Social Security Number) and book
– verify the recommended appointment via text message (SMS) to 13034.
This secures both appointments as the vaccine will be administered in two doses.
Citizens who have no online access or TAXIS codes can:
– book an appointment at pharmacies or citizens’ service centers (also known as KEP)
– once they book they will receive – depending on booking method – a code number for the appointment and a QR Code.
Citizens will be notified three days ahead of their appointments via email and SMS indicating exact hour and date and including a link for information regarding preparation ahead of inoculation as well as guidelines.
It is noted that those to be vaccinated will be required to present the code number sent to them or their QR Code and proof of identification (ID card or passport) at the vaccination center. Citizens will then be required to answer a questionnaire.
The Covid-19 vaccine is free.
Vaccination will be carried out at 1,018 centers and at set hospitals around the country.
People will not be able to select which vaccine they receive.
Those vaccinated will receive a certificate in digital form, which will be for their personal use.
AMKA number is necessary for vaccination
As clarified by the Secretary General of Primary Care, Marios Themistokleous, each citizen’s AMKA number is necessary for their vaccination. Citizens who do not have an AMKA number, should visit a local KEP office near them to apply for one.
“Eleftheria” operation to run in 3 phases
Greece’s “Eleftheria” Covid-19 Vaccination Operation will run in three phases with priority in phase one given to health and social care professionals and nursing home residents and staff; employees at chronic care facilities and rehabilitation centers; and to staff in critical government functions. The first phase is expected to be complete by January 20.
In the second phase, expected to begin in February, people aged 70 and over regardless of medical history will be vaccinated with priority given to older individuals and to those with medical issues.
The last phase, expected to begin in June, will cover people 18 years of age and older without underlying diseases.
Epidemiologists have stressed that despite being vaccinated, people will still be required to wear masks and follow preventative measures.
*ATTENTION: All guidelines reported have been provided by the Greek Health Ministry under Greece’s “Eleftheria” Vaccination Operation (in Greek).