Italy is ready to end the daily covid bulletin and allow non-vaccinated medical staff to return to work. The shortage of doctors and nurses has had an impact on the decision.
The Italian government is set to approve measures allowing for the re-integration of “No Vax” doctors and nurses. The non-vaccinated medical staff are currently suspended because they refused the covid vaccine.
Under the measures, announced on Friday by Italy’s new health minister Orazio Schillaci, suspended medical workers would be able to return to work before their suspension expires at the end of this year.
The decision comes six months after Italy left the Covid state of emergency. The ministry of health website statement says the decision was taken “in light of the worrying shortage of medical and health personnel” and “considering the trend of covid infections”.
No more daily Covid updates
The health ministry is also set to replace the daily bulletin of covid cases, deaths and hospitalisations with a weekly update. However, the data will be available at any time to relevant authorities.
Schillaci is a former rector of Rome’s Tor Vergata University. He joined Giorgia Meloni’s cabinet replacing Roberto Speranza who served as health minister throughout the pandemic.