How to get your kids vaccinated in Greece

To enroll your kids in public school in Greece you need to get them vaccinated.

All kids in Greece need to be vaccinated to attend school. The vaccinations that they need are updated every year by the Greek Ministry of Health.

When kids have had the required vaccinations they get a vaccinations booklet, signed by a doctor. Show this vaccinations booklet when enrolling your kids in school.

How do I get my kids vaccinated?

Vaccination campaigns for refugee kids in Greece are free and run all year round.

The easiest way to get your kids vaccinated is different depending on where you live in Greece.

Your kids don't need to have an AMKA (the Greek Social Security Registration Number) to get vaccinated.

Photo: Giorgos Moutafis / Medecins du Monde Greece

For kids living in an official camp in Athens or Thessaloniki

The easiest way to get your kids vaccinated is to organize it through the medical NGO in your camp.

  • Tell the medical NGO working in your camp that you want to vaccinate your kids.
  • The medical NGO will coordinate with another NGO called Philos and KEELPNO (a body of the Greek Governmnent) to organize a vaccination appointment for your kids at a nearby hospital.

For kids living in accommodation, managed by UNHCR or an NGO

The easiest way to get your kids vaccinated is to organize it through the NGO managing your accommodation.

  • Tell the NGO managing your accommodation that you want to vaccinate your kids.
  • The NGO will coordinate with an another NGO called Philos and KEELPNO (a body of the Greek Governmnent) to organize a vaccination appointment.

For kids living in private accommodation in Athens (including squats):

Your kids can get vaccinated for free at the following places:

Both Medecins du Monde clinics are open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday.

You do not need an appointment.

The languages spoken at the clinics are Greek, English, French, Farsi and Arabic.

The Red Cross facility is open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday.

The languages spoken at the clinic are Greek and English.

You need an appointment. To book an appointment call +213 2068992 or +210 6910143.

Photo: Medecins du Monde Greece

For kids living in private accommodation in Thessaloniki (including squats):

Your kids can get vaccinated for free at:

The clinic is open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday.

The languages spoken at the clinic are Greek, English, French, Arabic Kurmanji, Urdu and Farsi.

You need an appointment. To book an appointment call +30 2310566641 or +30 2315314206.


For kids living in Greece outside of Athens and Thessaloniki (including the Greek islands)

If you are living outside of Athens or Thessaloniki, the process for getting your kids vaccinated is not as clear.

The best thing to do is ask a local NGO to help you.

Often medical NGOs and the Hellenic Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KEELPNO) run mobile vaccination campaigns. These campaigns are promoted to refugees in advance.

My kids have an AMKA, do I have more options for getting them vaccinated?

Yes. If your kids have an AMKA they can also get vaccinated at a Center for the Protection of Mother & Child.

These centers offer a range of free medical services for mothers and children and are located across Greece.

To get your kids vaccinated at a Center for the Protection of Mother & Child You need an appointment. To make one:

  • Call one of these numbers: 14554, 14784, 14884 or 14900
  • Calls cost 1 euro each
  • Lines are open 7:00 am to 7:00 pm, Monday to Friday
  • The language spoken on the phone and in the centers is Greek.

After you have made your appointment take the following documents with you to the center:

  • Your child's AMKA number
  • Your child's vaccination booklet (If you don't have a vaccination booklet yet, you can ask to get one there).

Centers for the Protection of Mother & Child are available in the following locations:

In Athens:

In Piraeus:

In Thessaloniki:

In the rest of Greece:

Is it easier to get my kids vaccinated through an NGO or at a Center for the Protection of Mother & Child?

It is easier to get your kids vaccinated through an NGO, as they have translators available.

The majority of Centers for the Protection of Mother & Child will only have staff who speak Greek and sometimes English. This means that if you don't speak Greek or English you will need to take a translator with you to your kids' vaccination appointment.

If you live in an official camp or UNHCR/NGO managed accommodation you should go through an NGO to get your kids vaccinated.


More information on school in Greece and enrolling your kids can be found here.

Cover Photo: Pierre-Yves Bernard/MSF.