“Preserve the good performance hospital structures and, at the same time, maintain schools open and economic activities “, is the objective of the latest measure announced by the Prime Minister of Italy Mario Dragui: vaccination becomes mandatory for those over 50 years of age.
The measure, which will come into force starting next February 15 and it will last until June 15, it affects all citizens over 50 years of age who reside in the country. This age has been set because it is intended to “intervene” on the ages that are older. risk of hospitalization.
How it will be done has not yet been specified, but sanctions are foreseen of up to 100 euros or suspension of employment for those who fail to comply with the obligation.
The World Health Organization (WHO) described the mandatory vaccination against Covid-19 last December as a “last resort” and urged to act with other measures beforehand.
However, the Italian Prime Minister, who from the beginning opted for this strategy, imposed it on a mandatory basis for this age group in order to stop the blast contagion that omicron is causing in the country. Italy recorded on Wednesday 189,109 new infections by coronavirus. Record figure for the country.
It has not been the only decision regarding vaccination that Dragui has made. Nowadays, access to bars, restaurants, cinemas or theaters is limited only to those vaccinated or those who have overcome the infection.
Also, some professionals from the countryLike health workers, Infant, Primary and Secondary teachers or law enforcement agencies, they are obliged to be vaccinated if they do not want to be suspended from employment and salary. University personnel will also have this obligation from now on.
Last September, Italy became the first country in Europe to request a COVID passport from all workers, both from private and public companies.
A measure to show that the carrier is vaccinated, has overcome the infection, or has recently had a negative coronavirus test.
Bars, restaurants, gyms, swimming pools, museums, cinemas, educational centers, theaters and game rooms are on the list where workers must present the Covid passport, which is also mandatory in most transports.
Soon, the use of the covid passport will also apply to other commercial activities that the Executive will announce.
The recommendation of telecommute and the use of oral antivirals, approved by the country on December 22, are two of the measures that Italy takes in order to curb the contagion curve due to the Omicron variant.
Furthermore, in order to back to school safe, new safety standards are adopted in schools. In the day care centers, with a positive case, classes will be suspended for 10 days, in Primary In the event of a positive test, mass detection tests will be carried out among the students and with two or more cases the presence will be suspended for 10 days.
In the institutes with a positive in the class, the self-surveillance protocol will be activated and students will be asked to wear FFP2 masks; with two cases in the same class, quarantines are foreseen depending on the degree of vaccination of the companions and with three positives, the Long distance education for 10 days.