Italy: The vaccination obligation for over 50s is triggered, new rules and sanctions in force from today

The Decree Law on the vaccination obligation for over-50s has been published in the Official Gazette. “From the date of entry into force of this provision and until June 15, 2022” it reads, “the vaccination obligation for the prevention of SARS-CoV-2 infection it applies to Italian citizens and citizens of other European Union Member States residing in the territory of the State, as well as to foreign citizens (…) who have reached the age of 50 “.

It is specified that “the obligation does not exist in the event of an ascertained health hazard, in relation to specific documented clinical conditions, certified by the general practitioner of the patient or by the vaccinator”. Those affected by Covid can postpone vaccination “until the earliest possible date based on the circulars of the Ministry of Health”.

The rule also applies to “a those who turn 50 years of age after the date of entry into force of the provision, without prejudice to the deadline of June 15, 2022 “. From February 15, 2022, to access the workplace, one must” possess and exhibit one of the COVID-19 green certificates for vaccination or recovery “.

Public and private employers, those responsible for the safety of the structures in which the judicial activity takes place are required to verify compliance with the requirements. Workers who communicate that they are not in possession of the COVID-19 green certification or who do not have it at the time of accessing the workplace, are considered unjustified absent, without disciplinary consequences and with right to keep the employment relationship, until the presentation of the aforementioned certification, and in any case no later than June 15, 2022. For the days of unjustified absence “no salary or other remuneration or emolument is due”.

Access of workers to the workplace is prohibited in violation of the vaccination obligation e the violation of the provisions is sanctioned with the payment of a sum between 600 and 1,500 euros and the disciplinary consequences remain valid. For the period in which the vaccination is omitted or deferred, the employer can employ workers in different jobs, without reducing the salary, in order to avoid the risk of spreading the infection from SARS-CoV-2, but “without new or greater charges to be borne by public finance “.

Will suffer a fine of one hundred euros for anyone who has not had at least one dose of vaccine on 1 February 2022, who has not completed the vaccination cycle within the terms set by the Ministry of Health; those who did not carry out the booster dose following the primary vaccination cycle within the terms of validity of the green certifications.

The sanction is carried out by the Ministry of Health through the Revenue Agency which provides by acquiring the data made available by the Health Card System. The Ministry notifies the defaulting parties of the initiation of the procedure and indicates the tperemptory term of ten days from receipt, to communicate to the local health authority competent for the territory any certification relating to the deferral or exemption from the vaccination obligation, or other reason of absolute and objective impossibility. The money from the fines will go to the National Emergency Fund.

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