Professional firms are active protagonists in company plans aimed at creating vaccination points for workers. On 6 April 2021, the “National Protocol for the implementation of business plans aimed at activating extraordinary anti-SARS-CoV-2 / Covid-19 vaccination points in the workplace” was signed, adopted at the invitation of the Ministries of Labor and Health. The protocol was signed, among others, by three ministries (Health, Labor, Social Policies), by Confindustria, by Abi and by Confprofessioni; in all there are 30 signatures at the bottom, including those of the trade unions. The participation of Confprofessioni opens to the involvement of employers, collaborators and employees of professional firms.
Thanks to this document, employers will be able to propose company plans to the reference healthcare company to set up extraordinary vaccination points against Covid-19 in the workplace, to ensure the administration of the vaccine to workers who have done it voluntarily request. Confprofessioni, for the implementation of the plans, will be able to make use of the network of general practitioners, dentists and pediatricians who have already signed agreements with the Ministry of Health to expand the network of vaccinators. According to the president of Confprofessioni Gaetano Stella “The vaccination protocol, which will complement the workplace safety protocol signed in April 2020, aims to speed up the implementation of the vaccination plan to ensure a real restart, with the safe reopening of commercial and production activities throughout the national territory “.
The protocol for business plans
The protocol aims to contribute to the rapid implementation of the vaccination campaign through the involvement of the production realities in a coordinated and uniform manner throughout the national territory. It is made up of 16 points, which establish its scope of action.
It is immediately clear that the administration of the vaccine will be made to workers – and to the employers themselves – who request it (point 2 and point 8).
In the business plan to be presented to the Local Health Authority, it will be necessary to specify the number of vaccines required; the costs for the creation and management of business plans, including administration costs, are borne by the employer, while the supply of vaccines, administration devices (syringes and needles) and the provision of instruments provided training and tools for recording vaccinations carried out is the responsibility of the territorially competent regional health services.
Employers will be responsible for providing workers with the necessary information, while the administration will be carried out by properly trained healthcare professionals.
The administration of the vaccines may take place in company premises, which must be suitable and comply with the minimum requirements defined with the “Interim indications for anti-SARS-CoV-2 / Covid-19 vaccination in the workplace” and if carried out in working hours the time required will be considered “work”.
Employers, as an alternative to direct vaccination, will be able to sign agreements with private health facilities, the cost will be borne by them (with the exception of vaccines which remain the responsibility of the regional health system).
Anyone who is not required to appoint the competent doctor and who cannot use private health facilities will be able to use the health facilities of Inail; in this case, since it is a public vaccination initiative, the charges remain the responsibility of Inail.
Doctors, health and support personnel involved in vaccinations will be able to take advantage, through the ISS platform, of a hoc training course also carried out with the involvement of Inail which will contribute in collaboration with the Ministries of Health and Labor to the preparation of information material intended for employers, male and female workers and prevention figures.
Contrast and containment measures
On 6 April the “Shared protocol for updating measures to combat and contain the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19 virus in the workplace” was also signed, updating and renewing previous agreements. It consists of 13 topics and clarifies the behaviors that the employer must adopt both from the point of view of prevention and management in the event of contagion. The protocol clarifies what information to provide to employees, how employees and external suppliers enter the company, sanitation, cleaning, personal hygiene, protective devices, management of common areas, such as the canteen, the organization of work (shifts, travel, smart working, etc.), internal travel for meetings, events and training; the management of a symptomatic person in the company; health surveillance; and the updating of the regulatory protocol through the activity of a committee that monitors the application of the measures and their effectiveness.
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