More than 5,000 unvaccinated Greek healthcare workers suspended after failed legal challenge


More than 5,000 employees in the Greek public and private healthcare system will be suspended from their workplaces after failing to get vaccinated by the Sept 1 deadline set by the Mitsotakis government.

Specifically, a total of 5,895 job suspension notices are being served after the expiration of  the deadline for their obligatory inoculation against Covid-19 with the government saying it would not extend the deadline.

In the meantime the government has activated an online platform inviting auxiliary health staff to apply for temporary jobs. The platform will only remain open until September 8, to cover any gaps in services where health staff have been suspended.

The suspensions comes after a legal challenge to mandatory vaccination by medical staff and health workers was rejected by the plenary of the related department of the Council of State.

The Panhellenic Federation of Public Hospital Workers (POEDIN) has also submitted an appeal for the suspension of the government's decision which mandates the vaccination of workers in the national health system as of September 1 or face job suspension. The appeal is expected to be discussed by the Council of State on October 8.

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