Europe is in a state of panic as Italy makes vaccines mandatory for anyone over the age of 50.
The Italian government has made Covid vaccinations mandatory for those over 50 years old.
To enter stores, banks, and hairdressers and barbers, vaccine passports will be required.
In order to relieve pressure on the country’s health system and reduce fatalities, the country is set to make COVID-19 vaccination mandatory.
On Wednesday, while a cabinet meeting on new curbs was still going on, a draft decree revealed the measure.
The measure would take effect immediately and last until June 15, according to the document, which was seen by Reuters.
If confirmed, Italy will join a select group of European countries that have taken similar measures.
Only people with proof of vaccination or recent infection will be allowed to enter public offices, non-essential shops, banks, post offices, and hairdressers from the beginning of February until the end of March, according to the draft.
Those who break the rule, which goes into effect on February 15, could face fines ranging from £500 to £1,252 (€600 to €1,500).
After the United Kingdom, Italy has the second-highest number of coronavirus deaths in Europe, with over 138,000 deaths since the outbreak began in February 2020.
Teachers and health workers have already been required to be vaccinated by Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s government.
All employees have been required to be vaccinated or show a negative test prior to entering the workplace since October of last year.
For over-50s, the draft toughens it up by removing the option of taking a test instead of vaccination.
The measures before Italy’s cabinet have sparked tensions within Mr. Draghi’s multi-party coalition.
Ministers from the right-wing League issued a statement criticizing the over-50 vaccine rule, calling it “without scientific foundation” because “the vast majority of those hospitalized with Covid are well over 60.”
On the other side of the continent, Austria has announced that starting in February, all people over the age of 14 will be required to get vaccinated.
From January 16, vaccinations for those over the age of 60 will be required in Greece.
The Omicron variant arrived in Italy later than in other northern European countries, but cases have risen sharply in recent weeks as hospitals and intensive care units have been overburdened.
During the last two weeks, Italy has seen an average of over 150 deaths per day, with 231 deaths on Wednesday and 259 on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, 189,109 new infections were recorded in Italy, the highest number since the outbreak began.
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