Greece has promised to give its young people who gets coronavirus vaccination a payment card of 150-euro ($179).
The country said it’s giving out the payment card in order to draw as many as possible citizens for vaccination.
The announcement which was made by the Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Monday, said the exercise is opened to approximately 940,000 people aged 18 to 25 in the country.
He also added that up to 141 million euros has been set aside for the drive.
The government hopes to have 60 per cent of Greece’s 11-million strong population vaccinated by the end of July.
Dubbed the freedom card, the payment is being couched as a thank you for the young people who have been patient, staying away from crowds during the pandemic in an attempt to stop the virus’ transmission.
The money can be used for hotel bookings, ferry tickets, flight tickets, museum visits and concerts.
Mitsotakis noted that even as people head out to enjoy the money, they should be aware of the risks posed by the virus.
“It might be that younger people think they won’t get the coronavirus or, if they do, they think they won’t get very sick,’’ he said.
“But they are then carriers of the virus and help with its spread.’’