Draghi Decrees mRNA Therapy for 28 Million Italians Over 50 Is Non-Voluntary
€100 fine for existing while mRNA-untreated, €1500 if caught working
Everyone currently aged 50 and over in Italy, as well as anyone due to turn 50 by June 15, 2022, is now required to get a Covid vaccine.
According to multiple Italian news outlets (the decree itself still has yet to be published), the text is explicit that the rules apply to all those resident in Italy – not just Italian citizens.
Whilst Italy has one of highest Covid vaccination rates in Europe (74 percent are fully jabbed) it’s estimated that around 2.3 million people aged over 50 in the country have still not had a single dose. From February 15th, workers aged 50 and over will need to produce a ‘super green pass’, which shows the bearer is vaccinated against or recently recovered from Covid, to enter their workplace.
Employees over 50 caught in their workplace without the super green pass are subject to fines of between 600 and 1500 euros.
Those barred from entering the workplace because they don’t have a pass can’t be fired, but will be marked as absent without leave and will have their pay frozen until they can produce the pass and resume their employment.
Aside from these worker-specific penalties, the decree states that anyone living in Italy over the age of 50 who is found to be unvaccinated by February 1st can be fined 100 euros. The decree doesn’t currently appear to specify whether this would be a one-time or recurring fine.
As far as workplaces are concerned, it’s the responsibility of employers to ensure their staff are complying with Covid restrictions.
Employers that fail to do so face fines of between 400 and 1,000 euros. All workplaces are subject to periodic checks by police to determine whether the rules are being enforced.
As for 100 euro fines for unvaccinated residents over the age of 50 – it’s unclear at this stage exactly how this will work in practice.
Currently Italian police are authorised to conduct random spot checks on public transport to check that all users are in possession of a basic ‘green pass’ (showing the holder is vaccinated, recovered, or recently tested negative for Covid), and may issue fines to those without a pass; it’s possible a similar protocol may be introduced for vaccine checks, based on possession of the ‘super green pass’.
Source: The Local
Also adopted was a requirement that anyone working or obtaining services in beauty parlours and similar establishments must have a negative virus test if they aren’t vaccinated or haven’t recently recovered from COVID-19.
The same rule will apply to stores in shopping malls and to banks and post offices.