Greece orders COVID vaccination for healthcare workers as cases rise

Healthcare workers chat at the hallway of a vaccination centre during a media tour, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Athens
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ATHENS (Reuters) - Vaccinations against COVID-19 will be mandatory in Greece for healthcare workers and nursing home staff as new infections in the country continue to rise, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Monday.

The measure for nursing home staff is effective immediately, while healthcare workers will have to be vaccinated starting Sept. 1, he said.

Mitsotakis also announced new restrictions to contain the spread of the virus, such as only allowing vaccinated customers indoors in bars, cinemas, theaters and other closed spaces.

(Reporting by Karolina Tagaris; editing by James Mackenzie)