A few more hours and, from Friday 15 October, the compulsory Green pass for all Italian workers will come into force. That is to say that about 23 million people who, before entering the office rather than carrying out their work within a company, will have to show the QR code certifying the anti-Covid vaccination or recovery from the disease. Among these workers, however, there is also a significant portion who have chosen not to be immunized. According to estimates, there are about 3-3.5 million who will therefore need to go to a pharmacy or an analysis laboratory to undergo – with negative results – the antigen tests and obtain green certification. It is no coincidence that for Friday morning, especially in the time slot between 8 and 9 (in time to obtain any negative response and go to work), several pharmacies in the capital are already overbooked. That is, they no longer have places available. Others, on the other hand, already offer promotional packages such as carnet or 3×2 offers (or more often 16×20), accepting recurring appointments until the end of the year.
Buffers, the cost
All this despite the fact that the tool itself has fewer advantages than the vaccine, first of all because it does not offer any protection against infection or serious forms of disease and it is only a photograph of the current state (so much so that it is valid for 48 hours) and secondly because it has a cost. Calmed, it is true, but still significant: 15 euros for adults and 8 for minors. Above all because the expense – being a measure created to push people towards vaccination – falls directly to the worker by decree. That is, given the validity of the test for only 48 hours, for a week at least 3 should be carried out, with a cost of 45 euros. One hundred and eighty euros a month that now some politicians would like companies to support. A proposal, however, rejected several times by the government, sparking protests from many workers. At least until Monday, when a circular from the Ministry of the Interior invited the port companies to evaluate the economic impact of a possible stop caused by the employee strike and therefore to bear the possible cost of the tampons. The measure is mainly aimed at the situation of the port of Trieste – a nerve center for Italian logistics – where 40% of workers are unvaccinated and the unions have so far refused any attempt at mediation by announcing the blockade of the port. A situation that is being worked on but which in any case has opened a breach on the opportunity to make antigen tests free for workers.
At the moment it is little more than a suggestion and those who are not vaccinated or cured of Covid, to access their workplace on Friday morning will have to undergo a paid tampon. And he will have to do it again on Monday, then Wednesday and so on under penalty of suspension of the salary. In fact, workers who will not be able to show the Green pass will be asked to go home and will be considered “unjustified absentees”, complete with a suspension of their salary. Exactly the same scenario that would be proposed if, given the possibility of carrying out sample checks by companies, a worker should be surprised without a Green pass in the workplace by his employer. If, on the other hand, the police or other authorized authorities (from the Nas to the municipal police, from the ASL to the labor inspectorate) were to control, a worker found without a QR Code risks incurring a fine ranging from 600 to 1,500 euros.
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