Anti-vaxxer parents who do not send their children to school will be punished with up to 2 years imprisonment and fines, the Greek Education Ministry ruled in an amendment submitted to the Palriament late on Tuesday.
The tough measure comes as parents and guardians who oppose vaccinations against Covid-19 and protection measures against the pandemic have stopped sending their children to school claiming that “wearing a mask is a torture” and self- and Rapid-tests “dangerous” for their children’s health.
The amendment is a joint legislative initiative by the ministries of Education & Religious Affairs and Justice.
The amendment stipulates that whoever has the custody or real care of a minor and fails to register or supervise the minor’s compulsory attendance (up to High School), is punished with imprisonment of up to two years and a fine.
The legislation affects children in kindergarten, elementary school and gymnasium up to the 16th year of age.
Homeschooling is not allowed per law in Greece.