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Greek Anti-Vax Teachers Will Be Suspended, Have Pay Cut

ATHENS – Teachers in Greece who refuse to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo regular testing face being suspended and taking a pay cut as well as other disciplinary measures.

The government hasn't made shots mandatory except for health care workers – even tourism workers on islands where the Coronavirus is spreading are exempt – but wants teachers to be free of the virus when they return to class.

With the Delta Variant rising and even threatening the fully vaccinated, there is concern that the pandemic that had been waning before restrictions were eased and tourists arrived could extend into the autumn.

Sources the paper didn't name told Kathimerini that regulations are being prepared by the Education Ministry to protect students and staff in schools where classes will resume in person after a rocky former year in which many were held remotely.

The requirement will also include university professors and staff, the paper said, adding that those who refuse to show they are not infected are in line for penalties, including temporary staff being suspended.

Permanent and contractual staff will also face losing credits under the civil service’s point system, which will affect their prospects of promotion or employment, but the government said no one will be fired yet.

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