Deputy Minister of Health Vassilis Kontozamanis sent a letter - ultimatum to the employees in health care delivery structures, with which he reminds that vaccination is mandatory. Mr.. Kontozamanis stresses that employees should make the first installment by September 1st, otherwise they will be suspended.
Referring to compulsory vaccination against mockery all private staff, public and municipal health structures, including diagnostic centers, of rehabilitation centers, clinics, primary care structures in hospitals, hospital units, EKAB and EODY, notes that “the obligation to vaccinate also applies to every natural person who provides services, performs a task or offers voluntary services and physical work, as well as any natural person providing services, with physical presence within the same structures, to a legal entity, with which the operator of the structures is contracted ".
Vassilis Kontozamanis' letter states in detail:
"Its spread coronavirus Covid-19 and its prevalence Delta mutation call for the intensification of protection measures, not only the staff of health structures, but also the users of their services. It does not mean those who come to the health structures, in order to obtain the necessary services for prevention, treatment or rehabilitation of a health problem exposing it to the risk of spreading it coronavirus Covid-19, due to unvaccinated personnel.
Hence, with the article 206 par. 2 of n. 4820/2021, as you already know and have acted on, compulsory vaccination against coronavirus Covid-19 all private staff, public and municipal health structures, including diagnostic centers, of rehabilitation centers, clinics, primary care hospital structures health, hospital units, EKAB and EODY. The obligation to vaccinate also applies to any natural person who provides services, performs work or offers voluntary services and work in person, as well as any natural person providing services, with physical presence within the same structures, to a legal entity, with which the operator of the structures is contracted.
The above staff of the health structures must have received the first or only dose by 1September and to complete the vaccination cycle must meet the prescribed time limit.
Those who have been ill for a period of six months are excluded from the vaccination obligation for a period of six months., as well as those who have proven health reasons preventing the vaccine from being judged by three-member committees per health district, according to a special list of exceptions compiled by National Vaccination Committee.
Non-compliance of the staff of the above bodies with the vaccination obligation has as a consequence, in the case of public sector bodies, the imposition on any non-compliant employee of the measure of suspension of duties for compelling reasons of protection of public health,
The competent scientific bodies of the health structures (scientific Council, Infection Committee) should inform their staff about the Covid-19 coronavirus vaccination, in order those who are unvaccinated be encouraged to move on to him. At the same time, we remind the need for faithful observance of the above in order to preserve mandatory Covid-19 coronavirus vaccination.
Since after the 1st.09.2021 those who work in the health sector remain unvaccinated against Covid-19 coronavirus, provided that there is no reason to exclude them from it, they will not be able to offer their work, you are invited to complete without delay all the necessary actions for the replacement of the staff that will be suspended, according to the instructions that will be sent to you, in order to ensure the proper functioning of the health structures of your jurisdiction ".
Which categories of workers must be vaccinated
It is recalled that at the end of July a regulation was submitted according to which "he must be vaccinated against coronavirus, all staff (medical, paramedical, nursing, administrative and support staff):
- of private and public care units for the elderly and people with disabilities,
- of private and public health structures (diagnostic centers, rehabilitation centers, clinics, hospitals, primary health care structures, hospital units, diagnostic centers and National Public Health Organization.
It should be noted that according to the regulation, those who have been ill for a period of six months from the illness and those who have proven health reasons that prevent the vaccine from being carried out are exempted from the obligation to be vaccinated..
The penalties provided
In terms of sanctions in case someone is not vaccinated, the following are provided:
- enforcement of the special administrative measure of suspension of duties, without pay, in the case of public sector employees, which is removed by filling 14 days after completion of vaccination.
- obligation to the employer in case of employees in the private sector not to accept the provision of work of the employee who comes to the workplace, without showing the vaccination certificate, exempt from the obligation to pay remuneration for the period of non-employment.
Alongside, imposed on the employer who employs alluvial in violation of the above, administrative fine 10.000 euros for each infringement up to 50.000 euros while in case of recurrence 20.000 euros for each infringement up to 200.000 euro.
The same time, the regulation allows the "replacement" of employees who have not been vaccinated by hiring staff with contracts up to 3 months to bodies within the scope of compulsory vaccination.