(ReliableNews.org) – The debate over vaccine mandates in the United States has been contentious, to say the least. Millions of Americans are bucking President Joe Biden’s attempts to force the jab on them, even with the Supreme Court having recently heard arguments about it. But it seems the US isn’t the only country having issues with mandates.
On January 5, the Italian government announced it had unanimously approved a measure forcing people over the age of 50 to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Public Administration Minister Renato Brunetta claimed the rule change puts the country at the forefront of fighting back against the virus.
Health Minister Roberto Speranza said people in the age group will be checked to see if they have a so-called “super green pass” before they can go to work. The certification is only given to people who have recently recovered from the virus, giving them natural immunity, or those who have been fully vaccinated.
Italy made COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for people from the age of 50, one of very few European countries to take similar steps, to ease pressure on its health service and reduce fatalities https://t.co/iCnQcRsYEM pic.twitter.com/gZtzTlx9Av
— Reuters (@Reuters) January 6, 2022
Italy first announced it would require workers to get a Green Pass, allowing them to go into restaurants and bars, in October. The announcement set off protests across the country; port workers even blocked trucks in one city.
France, Austria and Germany have also announced vaccine mandates. More than 100,000 people took to the streets across those countries to voice their anger over the directives.
On February 1, Italy will begin issuing sanctions against those over 50 who haven’t received the vaccine.
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