Italy starts compulsory jabs for over 50s | Whyalla news
Italians over 50 are now required to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, according to a new law that has come into force.
Those who had not yet been vaccinated were given a grace period until the end of January to do so.
From February 1, anyone who is not vaccinated or who has not received a second dose or booster despite the possibility of doing so will be fined 100 euros (158 A).
The measure is to remain in place until June 15 and applies to all residents over 50, including foreigners.
From February 15, the age group will also need to provide proof of vaccination or recovery at work and will be forced to work remotely if they cannot.
Employees under the age of 50 may also provide a negative test result.
Offenders face fines of between 600 and 1,500 euros.
The introduction of compulsory vaccination for seniors had generated mixed reactions in the country.
Many ruling parties hailed the measure, with Prime Minister Mario Draghi saying it was designed to protect an age group that was more likely to be hospitalized when contracting COVID-19.
Beppe Grillo, founder of the Five Star Movement – Italy’s largest parliamentary group, accused government control of conjuring up “Orwellian images” that weigh heavily on people’s minds.
In comments relayed by the Saturday edition of the newspaper La Repubblica, Giovanni Toti, president of the Liguria region, argued that the measure should have been applied to all adults.
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