Over 4,000 Health Workers in Brussels Protest Mandatory Vaccination
jpnn.com, BRUSSELS - A crowd of more than 4,000 health workers in Brussels, Belgium, on Tuesday (7/12), staged a protest against the federal government's decision that all medical staff must undergo vaccination.
Health workers who refuse to be injected with vaccines will be fined and possibly suspended. The crowd denounced mandatory vaccination as "discrimination" and an "unproductive" measure.
Some of the demonstration placards read "we need more common sense" and "let's save our health care system instead of dismissing staff".
"Everyone has the right to choose, but the threats of dismissal hanging over the staff are unacceptable. We are already short-staffed. If we're laid off, it will be a disaster and people will be even less motivated to enter this profession," said a hospital employee in the province of Liege, Raphael Meys.
On November 19, the federal government passed a law on mandatory vaccination for healthcare workers.
As of January 1, 2022, care staff will be given three months to be injected with the vaccine.
As of April 1, if the decision is not implemented, the visa or staff registration number will be revoked and they may therefore be terminated.
Organizers of the union front have held a meeting with Health Minister Franck Vandenbroucke's chief of staff, and another meeting is scheduled for next week. (ant/dil/mcr20/jpnn)
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