Italy is set to make the Covid health pass mandatory for all workers in all economic sectors from next month, forcing those without the pass to be suspended without pay and fining them €1,000 if they are caught working.
The “Green Pass,” which is a digital or paper certificate, shows that someone has received at least one dose of the vaccine, recently recovered from Covid, or tested negative recently.
Prime Minister Mario Draghi, who is the former President of the European Central Bank, has outlined his plan to push more citizens to receive the vaccine.
While some countries such as Greece have made it mandatory for healthcare workers to become jabbed, the pass has not been required for all employees in any European country yet, making Italy the first to take such a radical move, which will affect both private and public sector employees.
According to Reuters, the policy is expected to be up and running by October 15th, around a month from now.
Employees who fail to present the pass at their place of work will be suspended without pay, and those who attempt to work without the pass will be fined up to €1,000.
While an unvaccinated employee may continue to provide a negative test to stay in work, the Italian government only plans to cap the price of tests at €15, meaning this would likely be an ongoing cost for the unjabbed.