From 15 October the Green Pass will be mandatory for workers, both in the public and private sectors, announced Thursday evening the Minister of Health Roberto Speranza, presenting the new decree approved by the government together with the ministers Renato Brunetta, Andrea Orlando and Mariastella Gelmini. Controls will be up to employers, randomly or preferably on access to the workplace, and those who do not have the Green Pass will be sanctioned with a suspension without pay. The decree prohibits dismissal and other forms of disciplinary measures.
The one decided by the Draghi government is one of the most rigid and extensive measures of this type approved in the world: in Europe no other state has so far made the equivalent of the Green Pass mandatory for all professional categories. From mid-October, on the other hand, most of the workers in Italy – 23 million those involved, according to the estimates cited by Brunetta – will either have to be vaccinated or cured from COVID-19 within six months, or have recently had a negative swab. Minister Speranza said that the government has already given a favorable opinion on an amendment to the decree currently under discussion in the Chamber which will extend the validity of molecular tests to 72 hours; the antigenic tests, which require less time to obtain the result, will continue to be valid for 48 hours.
The decree has not yet been published in the Official Gazette, and in the conference the ministers explicitly referred to the latest draft released to the press and sent to the regions, without presenting all its contents: in the text it is said, among other things, that the Green Pass it will no longer be valid 15 days after the first dose of the vaccine, but immediately.
The obligation of the Green Pass will apply not only to employees, but also to self-employed workers, said the Minister for Public Administration Renato Brunetta, specifying that the new decree, however, focuses on jobs where there is a door. access, i.e. where it is possible to make checks. He also said that these checks could be made at the entrance, for example by using turnstiles, or, especially in smaller companies, on a sample basis. Minister Speranza instead added that these measures will be valid at least until 31 December 2021, the current end of the state of emergency. Those who volunteer are also involved in the obligation, says the text sent to the regions.
The government has also decided to introduce the obligation for pharmacies to adopt controlled prices for tampons: 15 euros for adults, 8 euros for minors. For those who cannot get vaccinated for medical reasons and can prove it with a certificate, the swabs will be free.