In efforts to simplify procedures for people who have been vaccinated abroad but wish to get the Covid-19 booster shot in Greece, the government announced this week that it would be revising a relevant bill.
Deputy Minister of Digital Governance Georgios Georgantas said this week that relevant changes in the law would be made in collaboration with the Health Ministry, which is set to table an amendment to the bill.
Georgantas said “an amendment will be tabled according to which we will create two new registries: one for those vaccinated abroad and one for those who have recovered abroad. This will provide a solution,” he said, referring to the lack of a common harmonized and interoperable Covid-19 certification system which would simplify and standardize procedures.
Instead, Greece will be able through the two registries to verify certification of Covid-19 vaccination giving in this way people who wish to take the third dose of a vaccine the chance to book an appointment.
“A system of global interoperability of all certificates issued by all countries does not exist. The EU has its own which applies to member states as well as to 16 additional partner countries whose systems have been recognized and integrated, such as Israel, Norway, Iceland and Turkey,” said Georgantas.
Earlier this week, Georgantas said some 72,000 people had signed up to get the booster shot.
Greek health authorities announced last Sunday that the online booking system had opened. People with underlying health conditions and the 50+ age group can book an appointment for the booster shot.