Despite the Italian citizens’ protesting, the Italian government announced Thursday that “green passes” are now mandatory for all workers – public and private sectors alike.
The new rule insists that all workers must provide proof of vaccination, negative covid results within the past 48 hours, or recent recovery from infection to enter their workplace.
Workers will not lose their jobs if they report to work without providing valid proof; however, they will be fined significantly, as will their employers. They will also be suspended without pay after five days.
Employees face fines between 600 to 1,500 euros ($705-$1,175), while employers will be sanctioned 400-1000 euros ($470-$1,175) for each occurrence.
Italy is the first to apply such strict rules in a broad form. They will remain intact until at least December 31, when the previously instilled state of emergency order expires.
Public Administration Minister Renato Brunetta said, “Nothing like this has been done in Europe … we are putting ourselves in the forefront internationally.”
He also added that the Italian government expects the announcement to create a vaccination surge, completing the desired effect to boost vaccination rates long before it becomes mandatory on October 15.
Union leaders championing on behalf of those who refuse to get the experimental jab want the government to pay for the tests. The government has refused but reduced and capped the cost at 15 euros ($17-$18) per test for those who need it for work purposes.
Ministers have reportedly requested that Italy prolong the validity of COVID-19 tests from 48 to 72 hours.
Brunetta cites two reasons for the unjust decree, “We are extending the obligation of the green pass to the entire world of work, public and private, and we are doing so for two essential reasons: to make these places safer and to make our vaccination campaign even stronger.”
Until now, only medical workers had to be vaccinated. The Green Pass law previously only applied to school staff and indoor leisure activities, such as dining, going to the theater or museum, and long-distance domestic travel.
The new move affects 14.7 million private-sector workers and 3.2 million in state-supported jobs.
Pensioners and the unemployed are exempt from the new mandate.
As of Thursday, 728 Italian doctors have been suspended for failure to comply.
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