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Thousands of unvaccinated French health workers suspended from work



It comes as the Italian government announced some of the strictest anti-COVID measures in the world, making it obligatory for all workers either to show proof of vaccination, a negative test or recent recovery from infection.

The new rules will come into force on October 15 in the latest effort by Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s broad coalition to persuade people to get inoculated and blunt contagion in one of the countries worst-hit by the virus.

Any worker who fails to present a valid health certificate will be suspended on no pay, but cannot be sacked.

People who ignore the decree and go to work regardless will face a fine of between 600 to 1,500 euros (£511- £1,279) . The sanction for employers will be 400-1000 euros (£341 – £852).

“Nothing like this has been done in Europe…we are putting ourselves in the forefront internationally,” said Public Administration Minister Renato Brunetta.

He added the government expected an “enormous” acceleration of jabs simply by the announcement of the decree, so that much of its desired effect could be achieved before it actually comes into effect in a month’s time.

While some European Union states have ordered their health workers to get vaccines, none have made the so-called “Green Pass” mandatory for all employees, making Italy a test case for the continent.

Italy has the second-highest COVID-19 death toll in Europe after Britain, with more than 130,000 people dying of the disease since the pandemic surfaced in early 2020.



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