| 19 April 2024, Friday |

Majority of Greeks trust COVID vaccines despite protests – poll

According to a survey released on Thursday, nearly two-thirds of Greeks feel that getting vaccinated against COVID-19 can help them survive the pandemic, and the majority favor forced vaccination for select groups such as healthcare personnel, nursing home employees, and teachers.

The findings come as the government pushes vaccinations by offering cash and other incentives, with the goal of vaccinating 70% of the 11 million people by the autumn, up from 47% currently.

Despite a series of protests in central Athens in recent weeks that drew thousands of protesters, the survey conducted by Alco, a polling firm located in Greece, shows widespread trust in coronavirus vaccines.

Of those surveyed, 63% said they believed vaccines are ‘safe’ or ‘very safe’, while 73% were in favor of the mandatory vaccination of healthcare workers and nursing home staff, which the government ordered earlier this month.

However, of those Greeks who have not been vaccinated, as many as 59% said they did not plan to get the shot. Of those, 44% said nothing could change their minds, and 46% said they were against vaccines in general.

Alco surveyed a sample of 800 people aged over 17 by phone between July 19-25.

  • Reuters