The Italian government on Thursday approved among the most stringent COVID-19 rules in the world by requiring all private and public sector employees to get vaccinated and show evidence of vaccination, a negative test, or a recent recovery from infection, officials said.
The rules will go into effect on October 15, which will penalize any worker suspended from work without pay. However, the mandate states that they cannot be dismissed from their jobs, according to judgments of measure.
After the government approved the mandate, Health Minister Roberto Speranza said the country’s cabinet, during a meeting on Thursday evening, voted to approve the rules. mentioned Il Gazzetino.
“We will also work to expand the network of active pharmacies” that can “give swabs [and] “Rapid antigen tests are in our country,” Speranza said, adding that the government decree is likely to boost vaccination rates in the country. Italy.
Individuals who go to work and cannot present a so-called “green passport,” a type of vaccine passport, will face a fine of between 600 and 1,500 euros ($705 to $1,175), according to the clauses.
The provisions also state that private sector employees who do not have a green pass will not be paid from October 15, when the rule comes into effect.
While some European Union countries have ordered their health workers to have vaccinations, none have made vaccine passports mandatory for all employees, making Italy the first on the continent to do so. Other countries such as France have required passports for vaccinations to enter restaurants, gyms, some forms of travel, and other places.
Italy in March ordered health workers to be vaccinated or face suspension.
As of today, 728 doctors have been suspended from work, the Physicians’ Union said Thursday.
It was not immediately clear how many nurses or caregivers refused to comply.
A similar measure went into effect in France on Wednesday. Health Minister Olivier Veran said on Thursday that 3000 health workers has been suspended.
Meanwhile, President Joe Biden announced last week that he would direct the federal government to punish private sector employees and businesses for forcing workers to either take a weekly COVID-19 test or get a vaccine. The announcement sparked significant criticism from Republican conservatives and attorney generals who threatened lawsuits against the administration.
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich became the first government official sue The Biden administration earlier this week, arguing that the government is violating the Constitution by requiring American citizens to get the vaccine while illegal immigrants don’t have to.
Source: afternoon times