300 health care workers in Italy have filed a legal challenge against the requirement to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, according to media reports on Saturday.
The case, brought by specialists across northern Italy, will be heard on July 14.
“This is not the fight of anti-vaccination opponents, but a fight of democracy,” the Journal de Brescia quoted constitutional lawyer Daniele Granara, who helped build the case, as saying.
“We force people to take risks under the threat of not being allowed to practice their profession,” he added.
Granara also advocates for dozens of caregivers who have been suspended for refusing to vaccinate.
Italy passed a law in April requiring anyone working in public or private social health jobs, including pharmacies and doctors’ offices, to be vaccinated against Covid-19 or to be vaccinated without pay, unless their employer can reassign them to a less sensitive job.
After the elderly and the frail, caregivers including teachers were the first to be vaccinated in Italy.
A total of 52.7 million vaccines have been administered across the country, and about 19.5 million Italians are now fully vaccinated, 36 percent of the population over the age of 12.
According to recent official figures, 45,750 of the 1.9 million paid healthcare workers have not received a single dose of the vaccine.
its source Health Impact News