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Italy to mandate Covid-19 ‘Green Pass’ for all workers

Italy to mandate Covid-19 ‘Green Pass’ for all workers

The rule was decided at a cabinet meeting and aims to persuade more people to be vaccinated against Covid-19. It is due to take effect on 15 October.

“This is to make these [work] places safer, and makes the vaccination campaign even stronger, “Speranza said. He called the decree” a strategy that points to the vaccine as a fundamental key to opening a new season. “

About 75% of the Italian population aged 12 and over have been fully vaccinated, according to government figures.

The move makes Italy — once the epicenter of covid-19 on the continent — the first country in Europe to introduce such a blunt rule. Italy had already ordered health workers to be vaccinated.

Since 6 August, a “certificazione verde” or green passport has been needed to enter cultural sites such as museums or galleries, entertainment and sports venues, amusement parks, spas and to eat indoors. This was extended to include domestic flights, train travel between regions as well as sea travel on 1 September.

The passport shows that the holder has been vaccinated, tested negative within the last 48 hours or has recovered from the virus within the last six months.

Speranza said Covid-19 tests will be easier to acquire, with more pharmacies able to perform antigen tests. However, he said that testing will only be free for people who are medically exempt from being vaccinated – meaning that those who refuse to be vaccinated for other reasons will have to pay to be tested and ultimately pay to be vaccinated. get their ‘Green Pass’ to go to work.

The announcement comes amid fears of a potential rise in Covid-19 infections this winter.

Italy is currently in a state of emergency due to the pandemic. Although the country has come out of a lockdown in a third wave, case numbers are being investigated and individual regions can bring restrictions back at any time.

Italy holds Europe’s second highest death toll (after the UK), according to the data card from John Hopkins University, which crossed the milestone of 100,000 deaths on March 8.

Italian regions are currently classified according to their infection and hospitalization ranging from white (lowest risk) through yellow and amber to red (highest risk).

CNN’s Sarah Dean reported from London and Nicolo Ruotolo from Rome.

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