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Vaccination has become mandatory, so unvaccinated Italian health workers face severe penalties

The House of Representatives approved a law on compulsory vaccination for health workers with a majority of 311 votes, 47 votes, and two abstentions. The text of the bill was voted on by the Senate.

Currently, the procedure is in effect until December 31, that is, until the expected deadline for the national vaccination program.

The obligation to be vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 affects doctors, nurses, and all other healthcare professionals. Including general practitioners, pharmacists, and nursing home staff.

Vaccine rejecters Penalties It may be affected by: They can be reassigned to other positions, even to a lower position.

For example, hospital workers are fired from working near patients, but if there is no other solution, they can be fired from their jobs along with their salaries reduced.

According to press reports, more than five percent of Italian health workers, or about 84,000, did not receive the first dose, but the rate is much higher in some provinces. In the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region, more than 17 percent of health professionals have not yet been vaccinated, and the province will have the so-called white zone as of June 1, with only a face mask and distance being a limitation.

At the same time, the law exempted healthcare workers who inject a vaccine from criminal liability in the event that the vaccination led to harmful or even fatal consequences. They will not be responsible provided that the vaccination is done in accordance with the instructions of the Ministry of Health. Criminal consequences only apply if the vaccine user commits serious omission.

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The Minister of State for Health, Pierpaolo Celeri, noted this Compulsory vaccination of the population is not on the agenda. On the other hand, the health authorities are constantly calling for everyone to get vaccinated, saying that a digital vaccination card will be presented in Italy from the second half of June, without which, for example, it will not be possible to visit nursing homes.

Wednesday morning data shows that 31.8 million Italians have been vaccinated so far, including 10.6 million for the second dose.

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