80% vaccinated by September, Green Pass to last one year – English
(ANSA) – ROME, 25 AOT – COVID Emergency Commissioner Francesco Figliuolo has said that 80% of Italians over 12 will be vaccinated by the end of September.
Meanwhile, the government’s CTS technical committee will review an application for an extension of the Green Pass vaccine passport for up to one year on Friday.
Health Minister Roberto Speranza said he was convinced the CTS will say yes and said he believes the third dose of COVID will also begin to be administered starting with the most vulnerable categories: the immunocompromised, those who have undergone transplants and those over 80 years old.
The national bioethics panel has said yes to making vaccines mandatory, at least for people providing public services.
“If you want to be in society and not stay locked in your home, you have to get the vaccine,” panel chairman Maurizio Mori told ANSA.
There have been 6,076 new cases of COVID-19 in Italy in the past 24 hours, and 60 more victims of the virus, the health ministry said on Tuesday. That compares to 4,168 new cases and 44 more victims on Monday.
The positivity rate increased from 4.11% to 2.28%.
Drivers must return to Italian buses to check that people wear face masks and comply with other COVID rules, Transport and Infrastructure Minister Enrico Giovannini told Rainews24 on Tuesday.
He said enforcement of virus safety rules was “crucial”. Drivers will also need to ensure that people distance themselves socially and that buses are only 80% full, at most. Regarding vaccine passports for drivers, the minister said it was a “complex issue which is under discussion”.
Giovannini is due to meet regional officials on the issue Thursday morning. (ANSA).
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