Strict protocols for returning unvaccinated Greek medical staff

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Strict protocols as of January 1, 2023 are to be implemented on unvaccinated doctors and nursing staff who are returning to work following a Council of State (CoS) decision, after a period of suspension for refusing vaccination.

Greece's highest administrative court ruled that the extension of mandatory vaccination for health workers until the end of 2022 was unconstitutional, because authorities were obligated to have reassessed the necessity of the measure before extending it.

According to Athens-Macedonian News Agency information, Health Minister Thanos Plevris is reviewing options for a strict protocol of medical staff to duty, with measures that will ensure there is no threat of spreading infection in health facilities. Among measures being considered are mandatory weekly or biweekly coronavirus tests (PCR or rapid test), which will be paid by the health staff themselves. Wearing masks is expected to be mandatory.

Commenting on the decision, Plevris said that the court's decision "will be implemented, although I believe it is a decision that endangers public health