Covid passports are mandatory for all workers in Italy
Italy has become the first country in Europe to create a law for all workers to have a Covid certificate. It is mandatory for employees to bring a certificate to work. The government came up with this idea as most countries started to take more robust measures to boost vaccination and immunization rates.
On Thursday, the government of Italy announced that from October, every Italian worker should present a valid certificate. If any of them fails to show it, they will face a delay in their salary, and the company can stop delivering their payment after five days.
What kind of document is this certificate?
The document, digital or paper, should describe if a person has recovered recently from the virus, already vaccinated, or tested negative for the virus. The original idea was from the EU to support travel inside the union. Still, Italy was the first to use it as a necessity to visit places like museums, libraries, and gyms.
According to the European Centre for Disease and Control data, 73.9% of Italian citizens are fully vaccinated.
However, officials want to avoid another wave of the new cases as winter is around the corner.
According to Euronews, on Thursday, Italy’s health minister, Roberto Speranza, told reporters that they are extending the commitment of workers to make these places safer and support the vaccination campaign.
This announcement in Italy resulted from a decision in France earlier this year. The french authority decided to suspend approximately 3,500 health workers that refused to get a vaccine.
France started to suspend health workers without vaccine certificate
According to France24, last week, French authorities calculated that around 13% of hospital staff and 7% of doctors were unvaccinated. Earlier this year, the government started to make vaccination mandatory for all health workers.