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Greece to bring back unvaccinated health staff

November 30, 2022

ATHENS: Greece will restore thousands of health staff who refused to be vaccinated against Covid-19, the health minister said on Tuesday, following a court ruling.

Like several other European countries, Greece brought in rules during the worst of the pandemic requiring staff at hospitals, doctors´ offices and care homes to be fully vaccinated. The move enforced a year ago led to some 6,500 unvaccinated staff being sidelined, and was strongly opposed by the main union of hospital workers.

Greece´s top administrative court, the Council of State, called for the measure to be repealed last week, following a complaint brought by the union. “The ruling will be implemented, though I tell you I think it is a dangerous decision for public health,” Health Minister Thanos Plevris told Mega TV.