The Italian government on Wednesday decided to introduce a mandatory vaccine for everyone over the age of 50, in the face of a sharp rise in the number of Govt-19 infections.
“We want to slow down the pollution curve and encourage Italians who have not yet been vaccinated to do so.” Prime Minister Mario Draghi justified the move during a cabinet meeting, citing a government press release.
“We work specifically to reduce the pressure on hospitals and save lives, especially those at risk of being admitted to hospital”, “he said. He added.
In detail, the Order-Act imposes a vaccination duty on those who have not worked beyond the age of 50 and must have a vaccination license for all those over the age of 50 who work in the public and private sector.
In fact, it is actually mandatory for everyone over the age of 50 to be vaccinated because the so-called “Reinforced Health Pass” vaccine in Italy is obtained only after a complete vaccination cycle or after recovering from covid disease.
According to the National Institutes of Statistics (Istat), Italy has a population of 59 million, of which 28 million are over 50 years of age.
When asked by AFPTV Wednesday evening in a square in central Rome, Emilio Santamaria, an employee, said he supported the move: “I think the mandatory vaccine should be extended to everyone or at least all adults. So I see it positively.”
On December 29, the government had already decided that the vaccination pass would be required from January 10 in transport, hotels, restaurant terraces, exhibitions and conferences and in swimming pools and gyms.
Until now, it was enough to have a “basic” health pass to travel by train and plane, thanks to the vaccine but could be obtained by a negative test.
Vaccination passes are already required for certain professional categories, such as health workers, school staff and law enforcement personnel.
Like its neighbors, the peninsula has recorded the highest number of new positive cases in recent days: more than 189,000 on Wednesday and more than 170,000 on Tuesday. In total, more than 1.4 million people are currently positive in Italy.
Italy, the first European country to be hit hard by the epidemic, has recorded more than 138,000 deaths since the beginning of 2020.
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