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Update – 30/09/2021

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As of the latest update by the Greek authorities, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 diagnosed cases in Greece 653,535. 44 new deaths were reported raising the total number to 14,795. The number of patients treated in intensive care units is currently 323. 2,187 new cases were announced yesterday in Greece. 579 of the new cases were found in the Attica region and 325 new cases in the Thessaloniki region.

Certain Greeks will soon have access to a booster shot of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, Maria Theodoridou, Chair of the Greek National Vaccination Committee, announced on Monday.

Healthcare workers, Greek citizens over 60 years of age, and those who live in nursing homes will all be eligible to receive a third dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

Those who received the Astra Zeneca vaccine for their initial inoculation against the virus in Greece will be given the Pfizer jab as a booster shot, Theodoridou stated.

Regarding those who received the single-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine, Theodoridou announced that the Committee will soon decide which shot they will be given.

Greece has already begun inoculating immunocompromised citizens, or those with certain medical conditions that make them more susceptible to illness, with a third dose of the vaccine.

Thessaloniki, Larissa, Kilkis and Halkidiki, all regions in northern Greece, have reached the highest coronavirus transmission alert level (red or Level 4) on the epidemiological map of Greece which was last updated on Tuesday.

They are joined at Level 4, color-coded red, by Kastoria, Drama, Imathia, Xanthi, Pieria, Pella and Kavala in northern Greece, while at Argolida in the Peloponnese remains at Leven 3 — orange.

Regions that go “red” impose an overnight curfew from 1 to 6 a.m. — although this does not apply to people who have to travel for work or for health emergencies — and a 24-hour ban on music at all entertainment venues, including bars and cafes.

However no official announcements have been made yet by the authorities.

Health authorities are calling for all individuals to be vaccinated against seasonal flu and not to be deceived by its non-appearance last year.

Doctors can start filling prescriptions for free flu vaccinations from this Friday and experts advise people to get the jab four to six weeks before the annual flu epidemic period, that is mid- to late November.

Given that booster shots against Covid-19 are also available, the flu vaccine can be administered on the same day, in a different part of the arm.

A Health Ministry circular states that people who have tested positive for Covid-19 should be vaccinated against the flu as soon as they come out of quarantine.

The coinciding of the flu and Covid-19 viruses means that flu vaccination must be as close to universal as possible, the circular notes. “The goal is to reduce the probability of simultaneous illness from both viruses, which could adversely affect patients, and to keep the load on health services, especially intensive care units, as light as possible, so that they can cope with a likely rise in demand,” it says.

Maria Theodoridou, president of the National Vaccinations Committee, said that the low incidence of flu infections last year should not lead to complacency. “Natural immunity is lower precisely because the virus did not spread last year. We see that self-protective measures [against viruses] have slackened due to the [Covid] vaccination and flu viruses and their spread have become unpredictable. Let’s hope that the flu does not appear earlier this year, or in a more serious form,” she said.

The flu vaccination will only be administered if there is an online prescription and every shot will be entered into the National Vaccination Registry by the doctor or pharmacist who administers it.

Vaccination against the flu is especially recommended for those over 60 and/or suffering from cancer, diabetes, heart, kidney and liver problems and morbid obesity, as well as pregnant women.

In more detail, the 2,187 new cases detected per Regional Unit:

  • Attica 579
    • Eastern Attica 77
    • Northern Sector of Athens  78
    • West Attica 37
    • Western Sector of Athens 76
    • Central Sector of Athens 179
    • Southern Sector of Athens 73
    • Piraeus 50
    • Islands 9
  • Thessaloniki 325
  • Etoloakarnania 32
  • Argolida 13
  • Arcadia 8
  • Arta 1
  • Achaia 52
  • Boeotia 16
  • Drama 50
  • Evros 35
  • Evia 9
  • Evritania 5
  • Zakynthos 7
  • Ilia 32
  • Imathia 55
  • Heraklion 47
  • Thassos 1
  • Thesprotia 12
  • Thira 4
  • Ioannina 27
  • Kavala 44
  • Karditsa 30
  • Kastoria 12
  • Kea-Kythnos 1
  • Corfu 19
  • Kefalonia 19
  • Kilkis 21
  • Kozani 42
  • Corinth 17
  • Kos 5
  • Laconia 10
  • Larissa 122
  • Lasithi 8
  • Lesvos 5
  • Lefkada 3
  • Magnesia 27
  • Messinia 36
  • Milos 1
  • Mykonos 4
  • Naxos 3
  • Xanthi 56
  • Paros 2
  • Pella 62
  • Pieria 53
  • Preveza 2
  • Rethymno 15
  • Rodopi 16
  • Rhodes 15
  • Serres 51
  • Syros 3
  • Trikala 37
  • Fthiotida 33
  • Florina 3
  • Fokida 1
  • Chalkidiki 38
  • Chania 13
  • Chios 1
  • Under investigation 59

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