Greece will impose fines of €100 ($114) per month on unvaccinated adults over the age of 60, the state-run Athens News Agency reported on Monday.
The fines will start off at €50 for the month of January, after which they will double.
All residents who were born before December 31, 1961 need to have had at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine by Sunday, January 16, in order to avoid the fine, as per Greece’s vaccine mandate for adults over 60, which took effect on Monday.
Fines would stop being imposed on the first day of the month after an individual receives their first dose, and if an individual fails to receive their second dose, fines would be reinstated starting from when the second dose should have been received, according to state media.
Money collected from the fines will be used to support the country’s health system in its response to the pandemic.
Exemptions to the vaccine mandate include those who have recovered from Covid-19 in the past 180 days; those who opted to get vaccinated at home but have not yet received an appointment date; and those who cannot be vaccinated for health reasons.