Greece starts mandatory vaccination for migrants working on farms

Greece starts mandatory vaccination for migrants working on farms 1

Greece has reportedly commenced mandatory vaccination for migrants working on farms starting off with the those working in the fields of the Nea Manolada area of the Peloponnese.

According to a new report from Kathimerini, the Greek Health Ministry said that last week 84 pickers were vaccinated at the Community Office of Nea Manolada by a mobile unit and on Friday a second vaccination drive will take place.

‘The goal is to minimise the risk of infection for the workers and the wider community, where they work and live, according to the ministry.

‘The vaccination drive followed a meeting between Health Minister Thanos Plevris and the representatives of the workers during which it was agreed to start the inoculations immediately.’

Manolada, which is an area where strawberries are cultivated, has been frequently lambasted over poor working and living conditions while migrants have complained of not being paid and farm owners’ racist behavior.

The area gained international notoriety in 2013 when a farm foreman opened fire on 42 migrant strawberry pickers after they complained about unpaid wages.