Migrant agricultural workers being vaccinated against Covid

Greek health authorities have begun vaccinating against Covid-19 migrant workers working in the fields in the Nea Manolada region of the Peloponnese.

Last week, 84 migrant workers in the fields were vaccinated at the Nea Manolada public office by a mobile unit, and a second vaccination campaign will take place on Friday, the health ministry said.

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

The vaccination campaign followed a meeting between Health Minister Thanos Pleuris and workers’ representatives during which it was decided to start vaccinations immediately.

Manolada, a strawberry-growing area, is often criticized for poor working and living conditions, while migrants have complained about unpaid wages and racist behavior from farm owners.

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

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