Italy is about to introduce mandatory Covid-19 green cards in the workplace

Italy is expected to require workers to carry a Covid-19 green card at work, warning them that they will be suspended or have their wages deducted if they lack the certification.

“We are moving towards a mandatory green card, not only for public officials but also for private workers. Vaccines are the only weapon to deal with Covid-19 and we can only control the spread of infection. infected by immunizing the majority of the population,” Italian Minister of Regional Affairs Mariastella Gelmini said on national radio yesterday.

Italy is the 12th largest epidemic area in the world and the second largest number of deaths in Europe, with 4,618,040 nCoV infections and 130,100 deaths from Covid-19. About 73% of the country’s 60 million population has received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, of which 65% of the population has received two doses.

Medical staff at a nCoV test site in Italy in March 2020.  Photo: AFP.

Medical staff at a nCoV test site in Italy in March 2020. Photo: AFP.

If this plan is implemented, Italy will become the first European country to apply a mandatory green card in the workplace, as the country is accelerating vaccination and disease control. People who do not have a Covid-19 green card will be suspended from work or have their salary cut, but it is not clear whether they will be fired or not.

However, this plan also met with opposition for the reason of violating personal freedom, many protests took place before the authorities announced the plan to apply mandatory Covid-19 green cards for businesses. private.

A Covid-19 green card has a different name in each country, is an electronic or hard copy document that helps the holder prove that he or she has received the Covid-19 vaccine or has recovered after being infected with nCoV.

It was initially implemented to simplify travel between European Union (EU) countries. Italy is among the group of countries that require citizens to show their Covid-19 green cards when visiting museums, gyms and restaurants, and then expand the requirement to include teachers and school staff.

The world has recorded 227,078,383 nCoV infections and 4,667,121 deaths, an increase of 521,562 and 9,626 respectively, while 202,026,861 people have recovered, according to real-time statistics site Worldometers.

America, the world’s largest epidemic area, recorded 42,446,636 infections and 684,797 deaths from nCoV, an increase of 138,456 and 2,103 cases respectively compared to the previous day.

The recent increase in Covid-19 hospitalizations and deaths due to the Delta mutation has made the administration tougher on vaccination requirements, a method that President Joe Biden sees as the best way to protect the economy and end the pandemic. end the pandemic.

The US Army said on September 14 that active-duty soldiers must receive the vaccine by December 15, while the National Guard extended this deadline to June 30, 2022. Soldiers who do not receive the vaccine after this time without exemption will be classified as disobeying orders, may be suspended, demoted, not promoted, reprimanded and even forced discharge.

The level of punishment depends on the rank of the soldier in the US army. Those holding command posts without vaccinations can be suspended or demoted.

The US Air Force soldiers must complete the vaccination course by November 2, while the deadline for the National Guard air force and the reserve force is December 2. The US Navy and Marines require all soldiers to be vaccinated by November 28, and reserve forces by December 28.

Netherlands will lift most of the social distancing measures from September 25 and apply Covid green cards in some locations. The country currently records 1,977,016 infections and 18,090 deaths, up from 2,354 and 7 cases respectively.

People are still required to wear masks when traveling by public transport and at school, and are advised to work from home if possible. The Dutch government also issued a vaccine green card for people aged 13 and over to enter places such as restaurants, bars, cinemas, museums, indoor and outdoor festivals.

More than 70% of Dutch people, or 12.6 million people, have had at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, while 65% have had two. The government’s medical advisory board said on September 14 that booster shots are not needed for most people because two shots are effective enough. The number of new infections in the Netherlands has decreased to 2,000 cases per day, of which 450 patients are hospitalized.

Vu Anh (Follow Reuters)

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