Hospital union to protest against mandatory vaccinations

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The Panhellenic Federation of Public Hospital Employees (POEDIN) will hold a nationwide work stoppage from 10:00 to 15:00 on Thursday to protest against the mandatory vaccination against COVID-19.

POEDIN stated that the law on the obligation of vaccination will severely disrupt public health and submitted a request for its suspension and cancellation to the Council of State for all hospital staff.

The government has an obligation to ensure as smooth and safe a transition to normality as possible after the COVID-19 pandemic, in light of the fact that the option of the vaccine now exists, Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias announced on Tuesday.

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The government has an obligation to ensure as smooth and safe a transition to normality as possible after the COVID-19 pandemic, in light of the fact that the option of the vaccine now exists, Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias announced on Tuesday.

“Unlike in autumn last year, when humanity was confronted with COVID-19 without other defences apart from the known protection measures, this autumn each of us can protect themselves and protect others,” he said.

“For eight months we have had vaccines available and we have a choice that we did not have before…the hospital data for the past two months shows that we are talking about an epidemic for the unvaccinated as far as illness and intubation are concerned,” Kikilias continued, noting that over 90% of patients in ICUs for COVID-19 were unvaccinated.

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