Italy expands requirement for proof of vaccination

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People walk near the Colosseum in Rome, Italy, March 8, 2020. A total of 6,387 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Italy since the epidemic first broke out here over two weeks ago, the Civil Protection Department said Sunday. In addition, 366 people have died and 622 recovered, Civil Protection Department Chief Angelo Borrelli told reporters at a televised press conference. (Photo by Alberto Lingria/Xinhua)
People walk near the Colosseum in Rome, Italy, March 8, 2020. A total of 6,387 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Italy since the epidemic first broke out here over two weeks ago, the Civil Protection Department said Sunday. In addition, 366 people have died and 622 recovered, Civil Protection Department Chief Angelo Borrelli told reporters at a televised press conference. (Photo by Alberto Lingria/Xinhua)

The Italian government on Thursday announced it would tighten requirements for proof of vaccination in the education and care sectors.

Anyone entering schools or universities, including parents and non-teaching staff, will from October 10 have to provide a “green pass,” which shows proof of vaccination, recovery from or a negative test for Covid-19.

The regulation will also apply to university students but not to pupils in high school or younger. There will be exceptions for those unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons.

Anyone found in schools without a Green Pass could face fines up to 1,000 euros (1,200 dollars).

Similarly, anyone accessing extended care residences or nursing homes for work will have to provide a Green pass, according to the proposal green-lighted by the cabinet on Thursday.

The rules will be in place until the end of December, when the state of emergency is set to end in the country.

Italy’s medical regulator Aifa meanwhile gave the go-ahead for third jabs of a Covid-19 vaccine for certain people more vulnerable to the illness, in a decision announced on Thursday.

Those eligible for the additional shot include people with weak immune systems.

The Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine will be given to those eligible, as long as they are over the age of 12 and their last shot was at least 28 days ago. Those over 18 may also receive the Moderna vaccine with the same interval required.

A third shot of the two vaccines is also available to people above the age of 80 who were vaccinated at least six months ago.

Health workers can also receive a third jab if their work brings them into close contact with the virus.

The measure enters force a day after its publication in Italy’s Official Gazette.

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi had said last week that the country would roll out third shots before the end of September.

In order to encourage uptake of the vaccine, Italy now requires passengers their Green pass in order to use long-distance bus and rail services, domestic flights and ferries linking two regions.

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