The Italian Council of Ministers voted on Wednesday to reduce the validity of the COVID pass from 12 to nine months and only allow the vaccinated or those who have recovered from the virus to access bars, restaurants, and other leisure facilities.
In addition, Health Minister Roberto Speranza announced the possibility for people aged 18-39 to book an appointment for the third jab.
He also said that the vaccination would become compulsory for healthcare staff and non-healthcare personnel working in hospitals, the police, military, and school staff. This extension of mandatory vaccines will also include third doses.
The new measures will be in force from 6 December to 15 January 2022.
Unvaccinated people who present a 48-hour-old negative test will only be allowed to do essential activities like going to work, doing groceries, using public transport, and going to gyms.
The government aims to reduce the spread of infections and save the hospitality sector from other closures.
“We should avoid risks. With the Super COVID Pass, we can save Christmas,” said Prime Minister Mario Draghi.
“It is all under control. We are in the best situation in Europe thanks to the vaccination campaign, which has been a remarkable success. Our thoughts go to people who lost their lives, to the 8% drop in the economy, to the closed businesses, to the children attending classes online which are still suffering,” he added.
(Eleonora Vasques | EURACTIV.com)