Italian Govt plans to mandate Covid-19 ‘Green Pass’ for all workers
The Italian government has approved a decree making it mandatory for all public and private sector workers to show proof of vaccination, a negative test or recent recovery from infection, Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza told a news conference on Thursday.
“We are moving towards making the health pass compulsory not only in the public sector but also in the private sector”.
“This is to make these [work] places safer, and make the vaccination campaign even stronger,” Speranza said. He called the decree “a strategy that points on the vaccine as fundamental key to open a new season.”
This month Italy required all nursing home workers and school staff to have a green pass. The extension of that policy to cover most of the workforce is the latest aggressive public health step taken against the pandemic by the Draghi government, which is aiming to have vaccinated more than 80 per cent of its total population by the end of this month.
Around 75% of the Italian population aged 12 years 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 mandated health workers be vaccinated.
The requirement to have a green pass would begin on October 15 and be backed up by fines for non-compliance, according to draft policy documents reported in Italian media.
Several other European countries have also made COVID-19 health passes mandatory in public venues such as restaurants, bars, museums, cinemas, and theatres. This week, Greece also began testing unvaccinated workers in both public and private sectors.
A number of protests have been organised in recent weeks against the “green pass,” with critics arguing that the measure tramples on freedoms.