Italy will require a health passport for all workers from Friday

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi signed a decree this Tuesday with regulations on the obligation for civil servants to display the health pass from October 15 in their workplaces, a measure that will also affect the private sector.

The Covid-19 certificate indicates that its carrier has received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, has overcome the disease, or has undergone a negative test result in the hours prior to its presentation.

As of Friday, all public and private workers will have to show this “Covid pass”, and if they do not have it, they will be prevented from accessing their workplace or risk fines ranging from 600 to 1500 euros.

The days that elapse before justifying that they have the “Covid pass” are considered as unjustified absences, including public holidays or weekly rest, although dismissal is excluded due to the fact that they do not have a health passport.

The measure will be in operation at least until the end of 2021. The control must be daily and will be in charge of an employee that the company will designate as responsible for this function, and who will be able to read the QR codes with a computer application developed by the Ministries of Health , Innovation and Economy, and where data from the worker or details on whether the certificate was issued due to vaccination or a covid test will not be obtained.

The Covid certificate can be requested in advance so that shifts can be organized and queues avoided, but no more than two days before its presentation.

The preservation of the QR code by companies or its use for purposes other than daily control for access to work is prohibited.

Covid-19 has caused at least 4,853,570 deaths worldwide, among more than 238.15 million new coronavirus infections recorded since the start of the pandemic, according to the latest report by the news agency AFP.

In Portugal, since March 2020, 18,056 people have died and 1,076,358 cases of infection have been recorded, according to data from the General Directorate of Health.

The respiratory disease is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, detected in late 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China, and currently with variants identified in several countries.


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