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No Jab? Greece sends health, nursing home workers on leave without pay, social security

The Greek government cuts social security to unvaccinated professionals obliged to vaccination for as long as they are on leave without pay. This is provided on the draft bill for the mandatory vaccination of professionals working at nursing homes, care facilities for people with disabilities and in health structures like hospitals and others.

Workers at public hospital AHEPA in Thessaloniki staged a protest on Wednesday with banners saying” Yes to Vaccination, No to Mandatory one.”

According to the bill submitted to the Parliament on Wednesday morning, vaccination against Covid-19 is mandatory for

Employees in nursing homes and in care units for people with special needs, effective from August 16

In health structures (doctors and nurses), effective from September 1.

According to the amendment, those who have recovered from the coronavirus for a period of six months from the disease and those who have proven health reasons that prevent them from being vaccinated are exempted from the obligation to be vaccinated.

The employee is obliged to inform employers about his vaccination or not.

Those who do not want to get a jab against Covid-19 with be sent to compulsory leave without pay and without insurance coverage. There is no time limit.

The measures are lifted 14 days after a worker is full vaccinated.

At the same time, there will be three-month contracts for replacement of non-vaccinated personnel.

The bill clarifies that there will be no reference to disciplinary boards regarding to those working at public sector facilities and no dismissal for those at the private sector.

An administrative fine of 10,000 euros for each violation and up to 50,000 euros is imposed on the employer who employs unvaccinated staff in violation of the above draft bill. In case of recurrence 20,000 euros for each violation and up to 200,000 euros.


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