© Reuters. A girl shows the Green Pass at the Naples station. REUTERS / Ciro De Luca
ROME (Reuters) – Italy will make the Covid-19 ‘Green Pass’ mandatory for public and private sector workers, becoming the first European country to adopt a similar measure, as it seeks to speed up vaccination rates and eradicate infections .
This was said by the Minister of Regional Affairs Mariastella Gelmini to the microphones of Radio Rai.
The pass, a digital or paper certificate proving that you have received at least one dose of the vaccine, tested negative or recently recovered from the virus, was originally designed to facilitate travel between EU states.
However, Italy and other countries have made it a necessary internal requirement for access to places such as museums, gyms and for consumption indoors in restaurants.
Italy then made it mandatory also for school staff, after it had already imposed it on all health workers, doctors and nurses, including pharmacists last spring.
Gelmini told state radio that tomorrow’s government meeting will be “an important moment” to extend the mandatory use of the certificate.
Italy has gradually expanded the use of the pass in the workplace, despite the issue sparking tensions in Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s coalition of national unity. Gelmini said the government is now ready to go further.
“We are moving towards the obligation of the green certificate not only for workers in the public sector but also for those in the private sector”, he told Rai radio.
“Only by immunizing the vast majority of the population can we contain the infections. The vaccine is the only weapon we have against Covid.” he added.
(Translated by Alice Schillaci in the editorial office in Gdansk, in the editorial office in Milan Giuseppe Fonte and Emilio Parodi)
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