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Italy made COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for all health workers on Wednesday, with those who refuse facing suspension without pay.

The decree, passed by the cabinet of Prime Minister Mario Draghi, is intended to prevent outbreaks in hospitals and protect patients.

“The aim of the measure is to protect as much as possible both medical and paramedical staff and those who are in environments that may be more exposed to the risk of infection,” the government said Wednesday, Reuters reported.

The moves comes following a number of outbreaks in hospitals that some believe were caused or accelerated by unvaccinated health workers. 

In February, two workers at the Santa Maria della Misericordia hospital in Rovigo, who had refused to be vaccinated, were suspected of infecting patients and a number of workers at the Sant’Orsola hospital in Bologna were infected last month.

Last week, Draghi said that the rule change will ensure that vulnerable people in hospital are not put at risk.

“It is absolutely not OK that unvaccinated workers are in contact with the sick,” Draghi said at a press conference, according to The New York Times.

Wednesday’s order  also contains a clause that allows hospitals to suspend employees who refuse to be …read more


Source:: Businessinsider – Politics

      

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