Three hundred healthcare workers in Italy have lodged a legal challenge against the requirement that they get vaccinated against coronavirus, according to media reports Saturday.
The case, brought by professionals throughout northern Italy, will be heard on July 14.
“This isn’t a battle by anti-vaxxers but a democratic battle,” constitutional lawyer Daniele Granara, who helped build up the case, was cited as saying in the Giornale di Brescia newspaper.
“We force people to take a risk under threat of no longer being allowed to exercise their profession,” he added.
Granara is also defending dozens of caregivers who have been suspended from work for refusing to be vaccinated.
Italy passed a law in April obliging anyone working in public or private social health positions, including in pharmacies and doctors’ offices, to get vaccinated against Covid-19 or be suspended without pay, unless their employer can reassign them to a less sensitive position.
After the elderly and vulnerable, caregivers including teachers were the first to be vaccinated in Italy.