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Italian PM: Vaccines may soon be mandatory for all citizens

Vaccines may soon be mandatory for all Italians of eligible age, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi said this week.

To date the Italian government has already made vaccination mandatory for healthcare workers, and teachers must provide a health pass to work.

However, Draghi – an independent who was previously the President of the European Central Bank – has now said that all Italians may be forced to receive the vaccine by law once EU health authorities fully approve the jab.

So far four vaccines have been given conditional approval by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), and these may be upgraded to “standard marketing authorisation” in future. At this point, Draghi said they could become mandatory for all, according to Reuters.

To date 70.5% of all Italians have been vaccinated, and Draghi told the press he believes this figure will reach 80% by the end of September.

In addition, he added that the health passport will soon be extended beyond its current requirement. So far “Green Pass” health documents are needed to work in a school, travel long distances or engage in many leisure activities. Draghis government has now said this will likely be extended to working in public offices or supermarkets.

 

 

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