The Italian government on Thursday mandated that all workers must show proof of a recent recovery from a vaccination, a negative COVID-19 test or infection, Reuters Report.
why it matters: Thursday’s announcement is one of the strictest pandemic measures in the world and Italy is the first country in Europe to introduce such a broad mandate. Reuters.
- The decree was approved in a cabinet meeting and aims to vaccinate as many people as possible. This is effective from 15 October.
- About 75% of Italy’s population over the age of 12 are vaccinated.
- In August, Italy required a COVID-19 passport for indoor activities and long-distance travel.
big picture: Any worker who fails to present a valid health certificate will be suspended without pay, Prime Minister Mario Draghi told reporters on Thursday.
- Those who disregard the decree and go to work will face fines of between 600 and 1,500 euros – $705 to $1,175.
- Italy currently has Europe’s second highest death After the United Kingdom.
description: Italian authorities also pledged to ease COVID tests, CNN told.
- However, the test will only be free of charge for individuals who are ineligible for the vaccines, making it costly for those opting out to go to work.
What are they saying: “Nothing like this has been done in Europe … We are putting ourselves at the forefront of the international stage,” Public Administration Minister Renato Bruneta, per Reuters, told Reuters.
- “It’s here to make [work] safe places, and make the vaccination campaign even stronger,” said Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza, Pero. CNN. He called the decree “a strategy that points to vaccines as the fundamental key to opening a new season.”