Italy introduces mandatory vaccination for over-50s

The Democratic Party, Italia Viva and Fratelli d’Italia, all part of the government coalition, pushed for vaccines to be mandatory for all. However, Matteo Salvini’s League party, also in the coalition, opposed the measure. [Shutterstock/tb-photography]

The government has introduced mandatory vaccination for people over 50 until 15 June as a compromise solution as not all coalition parties favoured mandatory vaccines for all.

The Democratic Party, Italia Viva and Fratelli d’Italia, all part of the government coalition, pushed for vaccines to be mandatory for all. However, Matteo Salvini’s League party, also in the coalition, opposed the measure.

For this reason, it is possible that they reached a compromise introducing vaccination for the over-50s population.

“The League is against the indiscriminate vaccination requirement and proposes to use scientific and not ideological criteria: the absolute majority of hospitalisations in intensive care concerns people over 65,” said a source from the League party, which tried to shift the age from 50 to 60.

However, the Five Star Movement, also in the government coalition, disagrees with mandatory vaccination. “It seems paradoxical to reason about compulsory vaccination when even those who make themselves available for the third jab find it difficult to get it done quickly,” former PM and current Five Star leader Giuseppe Conte said on Tuesday.

To contain the spread of COVID-19, the government also extended the Super Green Pass to all over 50 from 15 February. The ‘super pass’ is an EU Covid certificate only the vaccinated or those recovered from the virus can obtain.

Italy recorded 189,109 new daily COVID-19 cases and 231 related on Tuesday. Compared to the previous seven days, cases increased 92.9%, while deaths increased 56.1%.

(Eleonora Vasques | EURACTIV.com)

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