x

Society

Nursing Home Staff Refusing COVID-19 Shots Suspended in Greece

ATHENS – As vowed, Greece's New Democracy government on Aug. 16 began suspending – without pay – the first health care workers who refuse to be vaccinated against COVID-19, and more will be coming.

Ten employees – five health workers and five administrative staff – at a nursing home in Volos, in central Greece, were put on leave, the head of the facility, Pavlos Panos told local media, told Kathimerini.

He said that a special committee is reviewing an appeal by three workers who have cited health concerns for their refusal to see if mitigating circumstances apply to exempt them.

Three residents of the facility who tested positive for COVID-19 are being treated at the Volos General Hospital, Panos said.

The government said all workers in the health care sector who don't get vaccinated face suspension but has exempted tourism workers, including those on islands where the Coronavirus is spreading.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis hesitated for months before giving the suspension order after he said he couldn't force the workers to be inoculated but then did as the fight against the pandemic has stalled because of anti-vaxxers.

The suspended workers will also lose their social security and not be allowed to work until the pandemic ends, the battle slowed, with some 61 percent of the country's population fully vaccinated, short of the 70 percent goal needed to slow the health crisis, health authorities said. 

The mandatory inoculation concerns medical, paramedical, nursing, administrative and support staff in hospitals, as well as private, public and municipal care facilities for the elderly and people with disabilities.

Employers face fines up to 200,000 euros ($235,703) if they don't comply with the directive for suspensions as worry about the pandemic's continuing has grown as the Delta Variant now makes up almost 80 percent of cases.

The legislation implementing suspensions began Aug. 16 for workers at nursing homes and on Sept. 1 will start for all healthcare staff, around 10 percent of whom refuse to be vaccinated for now.

They either doubt the safety or efficacy of the vaccines which have worked to slow the pandemic, or believe it's an international conspiracy to alter their DNA or control their minds.

RELATED

ATHENS - Constant assertions that Greece is pushing back refugees and migrants at sea trying to reach Greek islands, and on land borders were repeated by Turkey’s Coast Guard which said it had saved 36 people it said were repelled by Greece.

Top Stories

Church

OCEAN, NJ – Rafaella Lambrinos, whose family is from Karpathos originally, spoke with The National Herald about the Adopt a Yiayia and Pappou program she founded at St George Greek Orthodox Church in Ocean, NJ, which connects youth and seniors from her church community through weekly phone conversations.

Associations

NEW YORK – Greek-American Trevor Zegras, forward for the Anaheim Ducks is set to play in his first NHL game in New York City against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, March 15, 7 PM.

General News

WASHINGTON, DC – AHEPA deeply mourns the passing of Past Supreme President and co-founder of AHEPA National Housing Corporation (ANHC) Nick Smyrnis.

Video

1 Killed, 8 Hurt as Suspected Gas Explosion Hits Bronx Home

NEW YORK — A suspected gas explosion partially collapsed a home in the Bronx, setting the structure ablaze and killing a woman and injuring eight other people, including five police officers, officials said.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. abc@xyz.com

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.