Green Pass for all workers: pros and cons.
From 15 October, Italy will become the first major European country to make the Green Pass mandatory for all workers, both from the public and private sectors.
Slovenia and Greece have followed suit and have taken similar measures.
But Italy is also the first major European economy to require proof of vaccination, a negative result from a recent swab or proof of recovery from Covid in the last six months to access workplaces.
The reactions of citizens on the streets of Rome are mixed.
Andrea Baglione is a tour guide:
“I don’t know, I’m undecided. On the one hand, the measure could also be useful, on the other hand it forces people to do what they don’t want to do. This time it’s for the Green Pass … And what will it be next time? “
Massimiliano Seminara works for a union:
“With the Green Pass I feel safer, even mentally. If the rule is respected massively, I will feel safer while I work, from a psychological point of view”.
Federica D’Amata is an entrepreneur:
“It is not a question of control. Our cell phones control us even more, let alone. I show the green certificate without any problem in the restaurant, in the office, in the gym …”.
For workers who do not present the Green Pass there is no dismissal, but from the first day without certification the immediate suspension of work and salary will be triggered.
The mandatory nature of the Green Pass affects 14 million private sector workers and 3.4 million workers who work – directly or indirectly – for the state.
Until now, only medical personnel have been forced to get vaccinated, while the mandatory Green Pass is already in force for school workers.
The unions, Lega and Forza Italia (in government) have unsuccessfully pressed for tampons to be provided free of charge to workers.
The price, on the other hand, will be reduced to 15 euros for adults and 8 euros for children under 18.
Italy has exceeded the threshold of 80% of the population over the age of 12 who has received at least one dose of the vaccine, with more than 80.3 million vaccine doses administered until 10 September.