Covid vaccinatiosn compulsory for over 50s as part of Super Green Pass

Italy makes Covid vaccination compulsory for the over 50s

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In a bid to ‘slow the curve’ of Covid infections, the Italian government is making vaccinations compulsory for all residents aged over 50.

Compulsory vaccination against Covid-19 will be in place from 15th February for all Italian residents aged over 50. In a bid to stem the rise in infections, the over-50s will only be able to access their workplace with a Super Green Pass. This applies to both public and private sector workers.

The Super Green Pass is issued to those who have been vaccinated or recovered from covid-19.

The Italian government made the announcement on Wednesday evening as part of the latest emergency decree.

All residents affected

The compulsory vaccinations also apply to those aged over 50 who are unemployed. Furthermore, all residents, including “European and foreign citizens”, will also require vaccination, reports Italian news agency ANSA.

The compulsory vaccination measures will be in place for 3 months, with a current end date of 15th June.

Anyone violating the rules will face a fine of between €600 and €1,500. If an employees fails to present a Super Green Pass, they will have their salary frozen.

Reduce pressure and save lives

The government’s aim is to “slow down the growth of the contagion curve and push Italians who still aren’t vaccinated to do so”, said premier Mario Draghi in a statement.

“We are acting in particular on age groups that are most at risk of hospitalisation, to reduce pressure on hospitals and save lives”, the prime minister said.

Compulsory vaccination is already in place for Italy’s health workers, police, teachers and the military.

Currently, there is a Green Pass requirement in the workplace. This has been in place since 15th October 2021 and requires either proof of vaccination, recovery from Covid or a negative test every 48 hours.

What is the difference between a Green Pass and Super Green Pass?

The Super Green Pass is a “reinforced” version of the “basic” Green Pass. The difference is that the Super Green Pass does not allow a negative test as part of the criteria.

The Green Pass is a digital or paper certificate showing someone is vaccinated, has tested negative or recovered from covid-19.

After five days off work due to not having the Green Pass, employees’ absence is regarded as “unjustified”. Their employment is suspended and pay frozen.  However, nobody can be fired.

‘Smart working’, or working from home, is encouraged for workers in both the public and private sector.

On Wednesday, Italy registered a record 189,109 new coronavirus cases; the highest daily tally since the start of the pandemic.

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Extended scope of Green Pass

As well as being a requirement for work, the Green Pass also allows access to certain services. The government extended the scope of the Green Pass on Wednesday evening.

From 20th January until 30th March, it will be required to access hairdressers, beauticians, banks, post offices, non-essential shops and shopping malls.

Schools and Universities

New covid protocols for schools were also introduced.

In primary schools, if one child in a class tests positive for covid, the students continue to attend lessons in the classroom. However, if there are two or more cases then the class switches to distance learning for ten days. This is known as “dad” (didattica a distanza) in Italy.

In middle and high schools, if there are three covid cases in the class, remote learning is triggered for the unvaccinated only. Vaccinated students can continue to attend class in person, with FFP2 masks mandatory.

The compulsory vaccinations also apply to all university staff, regardless of their age. Students can continue their education with the existing Green Pass requirement.

For official information on covid-19 situation in Italy visit the health ministry website.

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