In this photographic illustration, a digital “green pass” certifying immunity or Covid-19.
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LONDON – Italy has become the first European country to make a Covid certificate mandatory for all workers, as countries begin to take stronger measures in an effort to increase inoculation rates.
Starting in mid-October, any Italian worker who does not present a valid certificate will face suspension and could stop their pay after five days, the government said Thursday.
The document, which can be digital or on paper, describes whether a person has been vaccinated, recently recovered from the virus, or tested negative for Covid. It was originally created at the EU level to support travel within Europe, but Italy was one of the first countries to also use it as a requirement to enter places like museums and gyms.
According to data from the European Center for Disease Control, 73.8% of Italians are fully vaccinated against the virus.
However, authorities want to avoid another increase in cases as winter approaches.
“We are extending the obligation of the green pass to the entire world of work, public and private, and we do so for two essential reasons: to make these places safer and to further strengthen our vaccination campaign”, Roberto Speranza, from Italy. health minister told reporters on Thursday, according to euronews.
The announcement followed a decision in France to suspend some 3,000 healthcare workers for not being vaccinated against Covid-19.
France suspends unvaccinated health workers
French authorities estimated last week that around 12% of hospital staff and 6% of doctors in private practices were not vaccinated against the coronavirus, according to France24. Earlier this summer, the government made vaccination mandatory for health sector workers before September 15.
The country’s Health Minister Olivier Veran said the suspensions were temporary and continuity of medical care was ensured, during a radio interview on Thursday. He told RTL that “responsible caregivers were vaccinated to protect themselves and their patients.”
Other European countries have taken a similar approach: Greece has also made vaccination mandatory for nursing home staff and healthcare workers, and Italy has said healthcare workers who are not vaccinated could be suspended without pay. .
In France, 80.7% of the population is fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. The EU average stands at 71.5%.