Italy introduces mandatory vaccination against Covid-19 for people 50+

The Italian government decided to make Covid-19 vaccination mandatory for people over 50 years of age. This provision was included in a new decree adopted during the session of the Council of Ministers. Thus, Italy will have some of the strictest laws to fight the pandemic.

The vaccination obligation for people over 50 comes into force immediately. In Italy, 86% are fully vaccinated. population, and more than 20 million inhabitants, or a third of the total population, have already taken a booster dose.

The decision on compulsory vaccinations for people over 50 was made after very stormy deliberations by the government. Wednesday was recorded new infection record since the start of the pandemic – over 179,000 infections in one day.

Several groups of the broad government coalition wanted to make vaccination compulsory for all. Ultimately, thanks to the mediation of Prime Minister Mario Draghi, a compromise solution was found.

The head of government said after the meeting: “We want to halt the growth of the infection curve and persuade Italians who have not been vaccinated so far to do so. We intervene in particular in the case of age groups that are more vulnerable to hospitalization, to reduce pressure on hospitals and save lives.”

Health Minister Roberto Speranza said: “The decisions we are making are aimed at reducing the number of unvaccinated people as much as possible, because it is this group that puts pressure on our hospital system.” As he added, currently, two-thirds of Covid-19 patients in intensive care units are unvaccinated. In the remaining wards, they account for half of the patients.

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