March 26, 2023

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Got it: Unvaccinated healthcare workers return to their jobs with their heads held high

The committee of experts made a decision and recommended the protocol to the leadership of the ministry on the return of unvaccinated medical workers to the healthcare systemthat will allow those who fought for their right to return to work (and benefit hospitals) with their heads held high.

Of course the government is “playing its last card” as in an attempt to “revenge” it is trying to impose a double weekly fee for two tests (at its own expense, which averages up to 80 euros per month), while requiring the wearing of a mask at all times, like all scientific studies have shown that vaccinated people also transmit the infection. But even in this case it cannot be denied that decision of the State Council of Greece (of the Supreme Court) forcing the government to accept them back into the National Health System is a victory for those who have fought and endured attempts to upstage them by the government and pro-government actors.

As reported (official announcement pending), 2,100 unvaccinated healthcare workers will be required to take a negative rapid coronavirus test twice a week at their own expense from January 1, when they return to their jobs. In addition, they will be required to wear a KN95 protective mask. A later meeting will be held for those physicians most feared about their possible return.

November 24, 2022 Supreme Council of State of Greeceto which the confederation of trade unions applied POEDIN, decidedthat the decision under consideration to extend the mandatory vaccination of medical workers until the end of the year (12/31/2022) is unconstitutionalsince the competent authorities were required, as indicated, to re-assess the need for this measure.

In particular, the seven-member composition of the 3rd Section of the Supreme Court of Cassation under the number 2332/2022 (Chairman, Vice-Chairman Georgios Tsimekas and Speaker Vassilis Androulakis, State Counselor) ruled that the decision to extend the “Validity period for the reassessment of mandatory vaccination of healthcare workers” until December 31 2022 is contrary to the constitutional principle of proportionality. At the same time, the Councilors of State rescinded the Ministerial Decree governing the recruitment of employees on a fixed-term contract, in accordance with the provisions of article 50 of Law no. 4825/2021.

The competent department of the HS, before making a decision, took into account the previous decisions of the plenum, which decided that measures taken to protect public health from coronavirus, such as mandatory vaccination of workers, should be periodically reviewed by the competent state authorities, depending on existing epidemiological data and evolution of sound scientific assumptions.

Thus, state advisers note in their resolution that more than 8 months have passed since the adoption of the measure for mandatory vaccination of employees of healthcare institutions, i.e. “a period which, by virtue of the nature of the measure and its consequences, is clearly longer than reasonable, without, however, being subject to a reassessment based on current scientific and epidemiological data at that time, the value, effectiveness and consequences of coronavirus vaccines, and the course of the pandemic.”

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