The Italian government unanimously adopted the measure for mandatory implementation of the "vaccinated green pass" in the public administration and the private sector of the country. At the same time, the measure also applies to the self-employed.
The only alternative to obtaining the green pass (two weeks after the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine) is to have continuous diagnostic tests every 48 hours.
In a press conference after the cabinet meeting, Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza stressed that if, thanks to the green card, the start of the school year does not lead to a problematic increase in infections, some restrictions could be reduced in October, such as -for example- in terms of the capacity of theaters and cinemas.
For his part, the Minister of Public Administration Renato Bruneta stated that "this measure concerns 23 million citizens" and that "it is no coincidence that the green pass will be valid from October 15, because as many citizens as possible are given the opportunity to be vaccinated ".
Bruneta, at the same time, added that "the government wants, now that we will enter the autumn and the temperature will decrease, not to favor the release of new variants of the virus."
The Italian Minister for Regional Affairs, Maria Stella Jelmini, stressed that "the Draghi government wants to persuade and not force the citizens to be vaccinated" and announced the launch of a new information campaign on vaccines and their usefulness. Something that the governors of the country insisted on.
"We do not want to impose compulsory vaccination, so that there is no further polarization between those who support it and the unvaccinated minority," said Italian Labor Minister Andrea Orlando.