Italy tightens requirement for Covid Green Pass

Photo: EPA Rail officials in Turin had the task of checking passengers' green passes before they traveled.

The Italian government of PM Mario Draghi on Thursday announced it would tighten requirements for proof of vaccination in the education and care sectors, news wires reported. Anyone entering schools or universities, including parents and non-teaching staff, will from 10 October have to provide a "green pass," which shows proof of vaccination, recovery from or a negative test for Covid-19.

The regulation will also apply to university students but not to pupils in high school or younger. There will be exceptions for those unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons.

Anyone found in schools without a Green Pass could face fines up to 1,000 euros.

Similarly, anyone accessing extended care residences or nursing homes for work will have to provide a Green Pass, according to the proposal green-lighted by the cabinet on Thursday.

Italy already requires passengers to present Green pass in order to use long-distance bus and rail services, domestic flights and ferries linking two regions. The rules will be in place until the end of December, when the state of emergency is set to end in the country, dpa reported.

Italy's medical regulator Aifa meanwhile gave the go-ahead for third jabs of a Covid-19 vaccine for certain people more vulnerable to the illness, in a decision announced on Thursday.

The Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine will be given to those eligible, as long as they are over the age of 12 and their last shot was at least 28 days ago. Those over 18 may also receive the Moderna vaccine with the same interval required.

A third shot of the two vaccines is also available to people above the age of 80 who were vaccinated at least six months ago.

Health workers can also receive a third jab if their work brings them into close contact with the virus.

More on this subject: Coronavirus

Similar articles

  • Germans vote for parliament in tight political race

    Germans vote for parliament in tight political race

    SPD mounts the pressure on retiring Angela Merkel’s CDU/CSU

    Germany votes on Sunday in country’s parliamentary elections with the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) emerging as leader by narrow margin to the centre-right bloc of retiring Chancellor Angela Merkel. She has been leading Germany for the last 16 years. Therefore the vote is seen as a corner stone to set the future course of Europe's largest economy, Reuters reported.

    23
  • Hundreds dismiss the Dutch “corona pass”

    Hundreds dismiss the Dutch “corona pass”

    Hundreds protesters marched on Saturday in the streets of major cities in the Netherlands in a protest against the introduced "corona pass" which is equivalent to proof of Covid-19 vaccination and became compulsory to get into bars, restaurants, theatres and other public venues, Reuters reported. Only few hours after the new requirements took effect, the government of caretaker Prime Minister Mark Rutte fired a deputy minister who had publicly questioned the measures.

    47
  • EC urges Poland to let Frontex to Belarus border

    EC urges Poland to let Frontex to Belarus border

    The European Commission urged Poland to allow officers from Frontex to guard the Border with Belarus and thus save the lives of migrants. At least three migrants died on the Polish side of the border and one more just inside Belarus earlier this week while they were making attempts to cross into Poland, Reuters elaborated. The causes of death have not been officially revealed. A fifth death of an Iraqi man just inside Poland, probably from a heart attack was reported earlier on Friday.

    47