Vaccine reservations rise after Italy extends COVID pass
Reservations of coronavirus vaccines in Italy increased this week after the government said all employees must show proof of a jab, negative test or recent recovery from COVID-19, said authorities.
“Nationally, there has been a widespread increase in reservations for the first dose of between 20 and 40% compared to last week,” Coronavirus Commissioner Francesco Figliuolo said in a statement on Saturday evening.
Reservations for the first dose of the vaccine on Saturday rose 35% at the same time a week earlier, he added, without giving an actual figure.
Almost 41 million people in Italy have so far been fully immunized, according to government data, nearly 76 percent of the population over 12 years old.
But authorities remain concerned about blockages ahead of the winter flu season and this week extended the so-called “Green Pass” to all public and private workplaces.
Introduced in August initially for indoor restaurants, museums and sporting events, the pass shows proof of vaccination, a recent negative COVID-19 test, or recent recovery from the virus.
This week, Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s national unity government agreed to extend it to all workplaces from October 15, with employees who refuse to comply being considered absent without pay.
People exempted from the vaccine for health reasons will benefit from free screening tests for the coronavirus.
Italy was the first European country to face the full brunt of the pandemic in February 2020 and has the worst death toll on record in the European Union, with more than 130,000.
The economy has been plunged into a deep recession caused by lockdowns last year, but with the number of cases largely under control since the spring, growth is expected to jump this year, aided by a huge injection of stimulus funds from the EU.
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