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Greek Health Chief Wants Hospital Head Out Over COVID-19 Form

KARDITSA, Greece — Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias said the director of Karditsa Hospital in central Greece should step down after circulating an unauthorized  consent form to doctors and nurses about terms for getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

Kikilias didn’t indicate whether he could fire the director, who wasn’t named, but said he wanted an investigation over sending the report to the hospital staff as Greece awaits more vaccines.

Citing reports, Kathimerini said the director made his own form stating that doctors and nurses agreed to be inoculated “even though all of the adverse side effects, even the deadly ones, of the vaccination are not fully known as yet.”

The form also contains a second option giving staff the option to refuse getting the shot “even though (they are) aware of the dangers of the disease” of COVID-19, according to the POEDIN union of hospital workers, which published the document.

The New Democracy government said taking the vaccine wouldn’t be mandatory but wants people to register online to set up times to get it and that it would be required for students.

Greece has a small anti-vaccine contingent but about half of people in the country said they are afraid of the potential side effects or don’t believe that the vaccine will work.

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