Greece’s top court, the Council of State rejected a petition by the union of hospital doctors and workers throughout Greece, requesting a temporary order that would “freeze” compulsory vaccination. A total of 115 hospital workers and doctors had filed the petitions against the compulsory vaccination.
The Council of State issued four interim orders on this issue.
According to state broadcaster ERT, the CoS is expected to examine on October 8 whether to issue a ruling of a suspension on the same issue or not.
The CoS has yet to decide on the petition filed by POEDIN, the union of hospital workers.
The CoS had also rejected appeals for compulsory vaccination filed by members of Rescue Units EMAK of the Fire Service.
End of July, the government ordered the compulsory vaccination for public hospital doctors and workers. It threatened with suspension those who would not have received at least one vaccination shot by September 1. It also demanded that pahrmacists and private doctors be also vaccinated and threatened them with heavy fines.
Hospital doctors and workers unions have said that over 80% of them were vaccinated.
The government has said that it will replace those on suspension with staff on 3- or 6-month work contracts that will need to be trained first.
It is a big question how quickly the government can replace doctors and staff at already understaffed public facilities.
Especially on the countryside, the situation can quickly turn grim for the patients seeking specialists who do not get vaccination for whatever reasons, including health ones.