Greeks who refuse to pay fines for mandatory vaccinations now face having their property confiscated. Athens wants to vaccinate seniors against Covid-19 with all their might.
Just 14 percent of unvaccinated Greeks aged 60 and over paid the fine imposed by the government in January, according to data from the Independent Authority for Public Revenue (AADE). This is reported by the Greek newspaper “Ekathimerini„. Refusal to use the experimental vaccine was fined €100 a month (in January the fine was €50 as the measure came into effect in the middle of the month). Officially, this is done to boost low vaccination rates and ease the pressure on healthcare in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
However, of the 317,962 people ordered by tax authorities to pay the fine, only 44,000 had done so by March 15. In these cases, a late payment surcharge will apply. Outstanding debtors are now even threatened with the confiscation of assets. That means: tough forced expropriation.
An unspecified number of unvaccinated people have appealed the fine to their local tax authorities in the absence of legislation. Accordingly, there is no legal basis for the government to enforce such coercive measures at all.
However, the fines for unvaccinated over-60s will be lifted again in mid-April, the government announced last week. Apparently, the displeasure of the population is growing so much that Athens does not want to continue this coercive measure as a monthly “non-vaccinated tax”. A health worker has now been on a hunger strike for several days because she lost her job because she refused the controversial vaccine.
However, it turns out that the Greek government is still sticking to the coercive measures (including the Covid vaccination card) and is therefore one of the most restrictive regimes in the world in this regard.