Italy extends use of health passport until January 2022 |  News

The health passport will be mandatory in Italy for all workers in the public and private sector until January 15, 2022, according to the decree announced this Wednesday by the Council of the Minister in light of the increase in infections by Covid-19.

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The measure seeks to limit the movement of citizens who have not yet been vaccinated in places with a high concentration of people, such as public transport, bars, gyms, cinemas, theaters and recreational centers.

Those who are not vaccinated should go to their workplaces after obtaining negative results in the coronavirus test, which should not exceed 72 hours in the case of PCR and 48 in the case of antigens.

“Our situation is deteriorating slightly but steadily, we want to be very cautious and avoid risks and thus be able to preserve what the Italians have achieved; we want to maintain the normality that we have resumed, that is the spirit of the measures,” explained the prime minister Italian Mario Draghi.

The decision also includes that members of the Police and State forces must be vaccinated against Covid-19, in addition to teaching personnel, since this was only required of health and care workers.

Italy is the first country in Europe to adopt the mandatory measure for almost 23 million workers in the public and private sectors, as well as one of the most vaccinated, with 84 percent of the population over 12 years covered with two doses .

According to Italian health authorities, the country adds 4,954,585 cases of Covid-19 and more than 133,415 deaths from the virus.

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