2021-09-16 20:04:33 Italy extends its health-pass requirement to cover most workers, public and private.
Italy extends its health-pass requirement to cover most workers, public and private.
The government of Italy announced Thursday that residents will be required to show a health pass in order to work. It is the first country in Europe to require widespread coronavirus vaccination certificates.
Renato Brunetta, Italy’s public administration minister, said Thursday night, “It’s an extraordinary endeavor.” “It’s all of the country’s human capital.”
Beginning in mid-October, a requirement that already applies to some essential workers will be extended to include anyone working in factories, public offices, shops, restaurants, or other settings. Mr. Brunetta stated that this equates to 23 million people.
Individuals must be able to demonstrate that they have received at least one dose of vaccine or that they have recently recovered from Covid-19, or they will be required to take a swab virus test every two days. Those who test positive must take sick leave and remain at home. Employers will be in charge of verifying certificates, and employees who fail to comply with the health pass requirement may be fired and fined up to 1,500 euros ($1,760).
Earlier this year, Italy became the first country in Europe to make vaccination of health-care workers mandatory. Last week, the law was expanded to include anyone working in a hospital, nursing home, or school, as well as all university students and adults who enter school buildings.
According to government statistics, the proportion of teachers who were vaccinated increased significantly after the government made health certificates mandatory for teachers over the summer.
Officials in Italy have set a goal of vaccinating 80 percent of the eligible population by the end of September. Scientists disagree on whether that proportion will be sufficient to control the highly contagious Delta variant of the virus, which is currently prevalent in Italy.
Almost 75% of Italians aged 12 and up have already received at least one dose of vaccine, and at least 66% are fully vaccinated. However, 3 million people over the age of 50 are still unprotected, which may jeopardize the effectiveness of the vaccination campaign as autumn approaches.
According to the health minister, Roberto Speranza, the new policy is intended to make workplaces safer and to get more Italians vaccinated. “We are confident that it will assist us even more in pushing this vaccination campaign,” Mr. Speranza said.
The French government intends to impose similar rules on essential and hospital workers. France’s health minister, Olivier Veran, announced on Thursday that 3,000 health workers had been fired for failing to comply with a vaccine requirement. On Wednesday, France made vaccinations mandatory for nearly three million essential workers.
Understand Vaccine and Mask Requirements in the U.S.
Vaccination is the law.
The Food and Drug Administration granted full approval to Pfizer-coronavirus BioNTech’s vaccine for people aged 16 and up on August 23, paving the way for mandate increases in both the public and private sectors. Vaccines are increasingly being mandated for employees by private companies. Such mandates are legally permissible and have been upheld in court.
Mask is supreme. In July, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that all Americans, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks in indoor public places within outbreak areas, reversing previous guidance issued in May. See where the CDC guidance would apply, as well as where states have implemented their own mask policies. Masks have become a point of contention in some states, with some local leaders defying state bans.
Universities and colleges
Over 400 colleges and universities require students to be immunized against Covid-19. Almost all of them are in states that supported Vice President Biden.
Schools. Vaccine mandates for educators have been implemented in both California and New York City. According to an August survey, many American parents of school-age children oppose mandatory vaccines for students, but are more supportive of mask mandates for students, teachers, and staff members who do not have their shots.
Hospitals and medical facilities
Many hospitals and major health systems are requiring Covid-19 vaccinations for their employees, citing rising caseloads caused by the Delta variant and persistently low vaccination rates in their communities, including within their own workforce.
The city of New York. Workers and customers must show proof of vaccination for indoor dining, gyms, performances, and other indoor situations, though enforcement does not begin until September 13. Teachers and other education workers in the city’s vast school system will be required to receive at least one vaccine dose by September 27, with no option for weekly testing. Employees at city hospitals must also get vaccinated or undergo weekly testing. New York State employees are subject to similar rules.
On a federal level. The Pentagon announced that coronavirus vaccinations would be made mandatory for the country’s 1.3 million active-duty troops “no later” than the middle of September. President Biden announced that all civilian federal employees would be required to be vaccinated against the coronavirus or face regular testing, social distancing, mask requirements, and travel restrictions.
Since taking office in February, Italy’s prime minister, Mario Draghi, has increased the country’s vaccination campaign, making it one of the government’s top priorities and urging all Italians to be immunized.
The nationalist League party, which is part of Italy’s broad coalition government, was opposed to the extension of the vaccine certificate requirement, but it received little popular support. Recently, a few anti-vaccine activists were arrested and accused of plotting violent protests. But, for the most part, Italians have embraced the health pass.
Mr. Draghi stated earlier this month that he was thinking about making vaccinations mandatory for everyone. Vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson are approved for use in Italy.
Following the Food and Drug Administration’s first full approval of a coronavirus vaccine — Pfizer BioNTech’s — for people 16 and older, a number of public agencies and private employers moved to make vaccination mandatory.
In Italy, health certificates demonstrating immunity or a recent negative test are already required to enter cinemas, theaters, and museums, as well as to dine inside restaurants and travel on high-speed trains or airplanes.