Italy intends to oblige all workers to submit a “green pass” that proves that its holder has obtained the Corona vaccine or a negative result of a test that detects the virus or has recovered from a previous infection.
These strict measures are the first of their kind in Europe. The measure, scheduled to take effect on October 15, aims to boost the vaccination program in a country hard hit by the virus.
It is reported that a person who does not hold a traffic card will be suspended from work, and his salary may be suspended after five days.
A green pass is already required to enter Italian train stations, cinemas, restaurants, gyms and swimming pools.
Teaching staff are also required to show the traffic card, and it is reported that some teachers have been suspended from work because they did not obtain the card.
On Thursday, the Italian government approved a new law aimed at strengthening mandatory conditions that cover all workplaces and employees in all sectors, including self-employed.
Companies and employees may be subject to fines of up to 1,500 euros if it is found that people have worked for them without a valid laissez-passer.
Immediately after the decision was announced, Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza said the new measures would enhance safety and “make our vaccination campaign stronger”.
“Implementation of this pass-through step with this decision will certainly help push the vaccination campaign forward,” he added.
Although there is a minority who opposes vaccination, Italians broadly support the government’s vaccination campaign.
About 65 percent of Italians have fully vaccinated, but infections are on the rise due to the spread of the delta mutant.
Italy has recorded more than 4.6 million cases of Covid-19, as well as more than 130,000 deaths due to the Corona virus since the beginning of the epidemic, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
The Green Pass was initially introduced to facilitate the travel process within the European Union in a more efficient manner, and since that time many countries have started requiring people to show the card for various reasons.
France requires a health permit to enter restaurants and bars and to board planes and trains, while Austria and Cyprus, among other European Union countries, impose similar measures.