All members of Greece’s Special Disaster Unit (EMAK) must be vaccinated against Covid-19 by June 11, according to an order signed by Fire Brigade chief Lieutenant General Stefanos Kolokouris.
Those who choose not to become vaccinated, will be transferred to other services.
As Fire Department officials explained to Protothema, there are 400 people serving in the 8 units of EMAK. Vaccinations for a number of infectious diseases has always been mandatory because of the special circumstances of EMAK’s operation, and in view of the fact personnel may be called abroad. EMAK has gone to India, Phuket and elsewhere, where there was a need for international disaster relief assistance. Already, almost all EMAK employees have either been vaccinated or have started their vaccination. Those who do not want to be vaccinated against covid will eventually be transferred to other services of the Fire Brigade.
This is the first order for mandatory inoculation of a specific sector of the state issued in Greece.