Greece will start the inoculation of adolescents aged 12 to 15 against the coronavirus as soon as the government receives the approval of the National Vaccination Committee, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said Monday, during a visit to Messinia in the southwestern Peloponnese.
He clarified, however, that this will be done on a purely voluntary basis.
The United States, Japan, Canada, Italy, Germany and Britain are some of the countries that have already approved the vaccine for these ages.
Greece started vaccinating teenagers aged 15 to 17 on July 15. The decision came as experts believe that the course of upcoming coronavirus pandemic waves will largely depend on the transmission of its variants from the young to older adults.