Another EU country expands mandatory vaccination and threatens fines — Action News Now

Italy will expand the scope of its authorization to require all residents aged 50 and above to be vaccinated against Covid-19, otherwise they may face monthly penalties

The Italian government has issued a decree requiring all people 50 years and older to be vaccinated against Covid-19, only exempting those who have recently recovered from the virus or cannot be vaccinated due to medical reasons.

With the rapid tension of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, the Council of Ministers unanimously approved the new authorization on Wednesday after weighing various possible measures to relieve the pressure on the hospital.This Order It will take effect from February 15th and will last until at least June 15th.

those people “Stubbornly” According to Italian media reports, refusal to comply will face a fine of 100 Euros per month Report. Severe punishments are except A fine of 600 to 1,500 euros It was implemented last year for workers who refused to be vaccinated. If people who have previously been infected with Covid-19 have contracted the virus in the past six months, they will be exempted based on their natural immunity.

Italy followed Austria, Germany and Greece to order mandatory vaccination. Starting in February, Austria’s regulations will apply to all residents over 14 years of age, while German regulations will apply to all adults. Greece restricts its requirements to people 60 years and older, and imposes a recurring fine of 100 euros a month on people who fail to make an appointment for the first dose of Covid vaccine before January 16.

The government of Prime Minister Mario Draghi had previously imposed mandatory vaccinations on teachers and health care workers. Since October last year, all Italian workers have been required to undergo stab wounds or be tested to prove that they are not infected before entering the workplace.

For workers 50 years and older, Wednesday’s order will remove the option to substitute Covid-19 testing for vaccination.

Currently, about one-third of Italians have received three doses of the vaccine, but about 20% have not even received the Covid-19 vaccine once.