Draghi: Anti-vaccine is ‘appeal to die’

The new rules approved by the government on Thursday introduced obligatory use of a vaccination certificate for many public facilities [EPA-EFE/RICCARDO ANTIMIANI]

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi has said that people pushing anti-vaccine messages are spreading a deadly appeal. “The appeal not to get vaccinated is an appeal to die, basically. You don’t get vaccinated, you get sick, you die. Or you kill: you don’t get vaccinated, you get sick, you contaminate, someone dies,” Draghi told a press conference Thursday where he announced new restrictions to help counteract the spread of the rising Delta variant.

“Without vaccination, everything has to be closed again, the vaccine is spreading and with the vaccine, we have seen that the consequences, as regards hospitalised and deaths, are much less serious,” Draghi continued.

Draghi’s words were taken as a response to nationalist-populist Northern League leader, Matteo Salvini, who in recent days had said that young people “don’t need” vaccination and that people aged 40-59 can freely decide whether to get it.

The new rules approved by the government on Thursday introduced obligatory use of a vaccination certificate for many public facilities, including indoor restaurants, bars, outdoor shows, spas, swimming pools, gyms, fairs, congresses and competitions from 6 August.

The pass is valid for the vaccinated, along with those who have received only a single vaccine dose and those who can show a negative test in the last 48 hours. The government also extended the state of emergency until the end of 2021.

It also seems likely that from September; the obligation to show a green certificate will be extended, for example, to board public transport, and even enter the workplace.

“We are thinking about it, it is a complex issue and it is also a question to be discussed with the unions,” Draghi added.

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