Rick wrote:Living in Crete seems to be getting WORSE for those awaiting a temp AMKA number and subsequent vaccination !!...
Could you explain how "LiC is getting WORSE"? I am simply reporting what is happening from my personal experience and trying to provide detailed information of what has worked in case it helps anybody.
I have made no criticism of people who have not managed to get an AMKA number. Clearly they want to get vaccinated and want to get it as soon as possible. So would I. Clearly the system isn't working for some people but is working for others. The government should fix that. I've spent quite a bit of my time helping people to try to get vaccination appointments, either directly or indirectly, sometimes with success and sometimes not.
My comment on the KTG article are not opinions they are simply facts. All governments have concentrated their efforts on vaccinating the most vulnerable first. The Greek government started mass vaccination, i.e. everybody not just the most vulnerable, on small islands with less than 1,000 people. They could do that with a relatively small specialist team and a relatively small number of vaccines so it had little impact on the aim of vaccinating the most vulnerable in the rest of Greece. They did it to make those islands safe tourist destinations. As their vaccination capability and vaccination of the most vulnerable steadily increased, they continued the mass vaccination strategy to larger islands working their way up to around islands with 10,000. Crete is an important tourist destination but it also has 650,000 people so it is not really practical to apply that strategy here. It is roughly equal to the population of Athens city or most of Thessaloniki. If they had the capability to do mass vaccination on that scale they would be better to do it in those cities since they have the highest infection rates.
I understand that there are thousands of people who don't have an AMKA number and can't get vaccinated but there are millions of people waiting to be vaccinated in the population who do have AMKA numbers. Any government will prioritise the millions over the thousands.