The government has succeeded in passing another raft of reforms to the education system despite stiff opposition from minority parliamentary parties and teachers’ unions.
Despite the recent slowdown, Greece’s vaccination programme reached another landmark on Tuesday, when the number of fully vaccinated Greeks passed 5 million.
Vaccination uptake in Greece is grinding to a halt, with authorities struggling to respond to a combination of vaccine hesitancy and an increasingly active anti-vaccination front.
It was confirmed at a cabinet meeting on Monday that the minimum wage will rise by 2 pct, a symbolic increase that is the result of the government’s unwillingness to leave salaries unchanged but also its desire not to come into conflict with business owners who are being tested by the pandemic.
The government continues to press ahead with a patchwork of measures to enforce or encourage vaccination, as uptake appears to have stalled among a significant section of the population.
In its latest push to boost vaccination numbers in Greece, government is preparing this week to table legislation that will penalise public servants who do not get the Covid-19 jab
The continuing surge in Covid-19 infections and the increasing prevalence of the Delta variant is heightening concern about the latest wave of the pandemic to hit Greece, and its potential impact both on the tourist season and the return to schools and universities in autumn.
The government’s efforts to look ahead to the second half of its four-year term and the recovery from the pandemic appear to be losing traction by the day as the coronavirus becomes an ever more dominant part of the daily political agenda in Greece.
The Mitsotakis government’s “carrot and stick” approach to boosting Covid-19 vaccination rates is becoming increasingly politicised, while vocal opponents of the latest round of measures have taken to the streets.
The government is running the gauntlet as it tries to take a more forceful approach towards vaccinations amid a steady rise in coronavirus cases.