“We accept so many smaller isles,” said Marios Themistocleous, the health bureau official overseeing the programme.
“Precisely because they’re so difficult to get quantities to, we decided to vaccinate entire populations in one go with the aim that when they create receiving tourists, permanent residents are fully vaccinated and protected.”
The Greek army has been called in to aid the trick, alongside police and coastguards who have been helping with transporting thousands of vaccines to the various tiny islands.
Islands with fewer than a thousand occupants where the vaccination program has been completed include Kastellorizo, Meganisi, Kastos, Thimena, Psara, Kalamos, Fourni and Inousses.
Other keys partaking in the scheme include Erikoussa, Agathonisi, Nisyros, Gavdos, Halki, Mathraki, Lipsi, Othoni, Tilos and Arki.