Severe restrictions for unvaccinated. Residents of Italy react

  • New restrictions on compulsory vaccinations for all professions, including school and police personnel, will apply in Italy on December 15
  • To enter Italy from the countries of the European Union, it has been necessary since last week to submit a negative test result, including by fully vaccinated travelers. In addition, unvaccinated people must undergo a five-day quarantine
  • As of Friday, December 17, Brenner has narrowed the A22 motorway, part of Germany’s main route to southern Europe, to one lane to facilitate inspection
  • – There is no unvaccinated teacher at my school. I think it is very fortunate, although I have the impression that in the learning environment, which is so vulnerable to infections and aware of the responsibility for children and adolescents, there are really few teachers who do not want to be vaccinated – says Ms Valeria , a teacher in Rome
  • “If people don’t respect the rules when the Omikron variant spreads, we will pay a very high price in January,” warns Alessio D’Amato, head of the health services department in the capital of Lazio.
  • More information can be found on the Onet homepage

From Green Pass to Super Green Pass

From Monday 6 December in Italy only people from the so-called Super green passand therefore a sanitary pass issued to vaccinated or convalescent. The current sanitary pass (Green Pass), which was issued, among other things, on the basis of negative test results.

– There is an obligation to wear mouth masks both outside and in closed places. The so-called Super Green Pass, ie a pass without which you cannot enter a restaurant, bar, cinema, museum, metro or bus. Without the Green Pass you cannot travel by train and plane – says Edyta, a Pole living in Rome, in an interview with Onet Podróże.

According to the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, for not having a sanitary pass when using public transport threatens with a fine of up to 400 euros.

– I work as a receptionist at the pool. I am obliged to check the sanitary pass for our customers and confirm that it belongs to the customer who has it† More than once someone tried to enter with the vaccination certificate of his sister, father or cousin – describes the situation of Mrs Florencia, an Italian who lives near Assisi, and emphasizes: – So far, the customers who have the test done, they came to the pool 20 minutes before their Green Pass expired and expected to get an hour or two of training. Since the Super Green Pass is in effect, such situations simply do not happen and only authorized persons enter the pool.

The Italian emphasizes that such a situation also occurred in cinemas and restaurants, and the short validity of the pass caused logistical problems in many industries.

Edyta, in turn, notes: – There is a Green Pass at work, so (apart from the vaccination certificate or previous infection – editors note) a negative test result valid for 48 hours can be presented

– Currently in Italy life of unvaccinated people is hard† Some lost their jobs and others were forced to get vaccinated so as not to lose them, says a Polish woman living in Rome.

Mandatory vaccinations

From Wednesday 15 December, Italy will be one of the countries where it applies strict rules to fight the pandemic. Until now, the vaccination obligation has been imposed on health professionals. Everyone was in it now school staff, police officers, financial guard, city guards and special forces, firefighters, soldiers.

The requirement for vaccination against COVID-19 has been introduced includes two doses of the preparation and the intake of the third after the expiry of the covid pass, which: validity is nine months.

No vaccinations immediate suspension of work and remuneration for this time. There is a penalty for breaking the law i.e. doing work without vaccination from 600 to 1500 euros, and for the employer for the lack of control from 400 to 1000 euros.

– I am not impressed with the vaccination requirement, I even support it. The school is a place that is particularly vulnerable to infection. It is clear that the COVID-19 mutations affect children and adolescents exceptionally. The virus enters where the door is wide open – Ms Valeria, a teacher at a primary school in Rome, tells Onet Podróże, explaining: “open doors” include both the unvaccinated student and the parent or teacher.

– I believe that vaccination is a gesture that allows us to protect not only ourselves, but above all everyone else, including this one particularly susceptible to infections such as the elderly and children – explains Ms. Valeria and adds: – That’s why I recently took the third dose.

There is no unvaccinated teacher at my school† I believe it is great luck, although I have the impression that in the learning environment, so vulnerable to infection, and also aware of the responsibility for children and adolescents, there are really very few teachers who do not want to be vaccinated – notes a teacher from Rome and adds:- I know two teachers who chose not to get vaccinated† One of them was suspended from carrying out work, the other had to do tests every other day to continue the work, but this will no longer be possible from Wednesday.

– In my opinion, unvaccinated teachers are selfish – sums up the obligation to vaccinate the Italian woman.

It is estimated that approximately 50,000 teachers have not yet been vaccinated. According to reports from the daily newspaper “Il Messaggero”, 20 percent. unvaccinated school workers plan to get vaccinated in the coming days.

As the newspaper reports, From January, students are likely to be recruited to replace the thousands of unvaccinated teachers† “There is a shortage of primary, primary and secondary math teachers,” Il Messaggero said.

Meanwhile, according to the daily newspaper “La Repubblica”, at least 1.5 million Italians spend Christmas in quarantineAmongst them whole families and school classes, several hundred thousand young people with positive test results and no symptoms. Last week they started in the country mass vaccination of children 5-11 years old.

Traveling alone with a certificate?

– Since the introduction of the restrictions, it can be noticed fewer tourists come to Rome – describes the Italian reality of Ms Edyta.

This trend will continue until at least January 31, 2022. From Wednesday, December 15 to enter Italy, it is necessary to register your arrival as well as provide an EU covid certificate also about vaccination or illness in the past presentation of a negative smear test result, made within 24 hours. for crossing the Italian border in the case of an antigen test or 48 hours. in the case of a molecular PCR test.

For people who have not been vaccinatednot only the presentation is required upon arrival in Italy negative test resultbut also 5-day quarantine and testing upon completion.

All children older than 6 years they must perform an antigen test before crossing the Italian border.

In line with the new restrictionsalso from people who travel by car or bus, it is mandatory to provide negative test result and covid certificate. From Friday 17 December in Brenner The A22 motorway, part of the main route from Germany to Southern Europe, has been narrowedto one lane for easier inspection.

What will be the next step for Italy?

“If people don’t respect the rules when… The Omikron variant is expanding, in January we will pay a very high price for itWarns Alessio D’Amato, the head of the health services department in the capital of Lazio.

In Italy, people with a positive COVID-19 test result will be automatically released from Saturday Suspended validity of a sanitary pass. It is restored after healing. D’Amato remembered that breaking insulation laws is a criminal offence.

Under current regulations the vaccinated person who has had direct contact with the infected person must be quarantined for seven days. This lasts ten days for unvaccinated people, who then also have to undergo a test. People who are infected must self-isolate for 10 days, after which they have to undergo a test.

The Italian government is working on new restrictions to contain infections and prevent the spread of the Omikron variant, which is still a trace in the country. As the Italian press writes on Monday 20 December the possibility of reducing the validity of the sanitary pass from 9 to 5-7 months is being considered.

Another possible solution is: the introduction of a vaccination obligation in workplaces from next year or the obligation to present a negative test result when admitted to mass events, including by vaccinated persons. New steps will be announced before Christmas.

Source: Onet, PAP, “La Repubblica”, altoadige.it, gov.pl

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