Italian authorities announced on Wednesday that they will require all health professionals to be vaccinated against covid-19.
In Italy, there is a strong anti-vaccination campaign, and many people refuse to be vaccinated. There have been news recently that new hot spots have emerged in hospitals and many medical professionals have refused to be vaccinated, which has made the public feel uneasy.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, more than 109,000 people have died from coronavirus infection in Italy Reuters.
Critics of the government have questioned the legality of compulsory vaccination only for certain categories of employees.
According to a rule approved by Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s cabinet on Wednesday, all health professionals are “obligated to be vaccinated.” Those who refuse to do so may be suspended until the end of the year without pay.
The government said in a statement: “The purpose of this measure is to protect medical staff and nursing staff to the greatest extent possible, as well as those in environments where the risk of infection is greater.”
In the past month, COVID-19 infections and deaths in Italy have revived.