“No Green Passage” protest on September 11, 2021 in Turin, Italy.

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LONDON – Italy became the first European country to manufacture a pistol Corona virus disease Certification is mandatory for all workers, as countries begin to take stronger measures to try to increase vaccination rates.

The government said Thursday that any Italian worker who fails to present a valid certificate will face a suspension from mid-October and their salary could be suspended after five days.

The document, which can be digital or paper, specifies whether a person has been vaccinated, recently recovered from the virus, or tested negative for Covid. It was originally created at the EU level to support travel within Europe, but Italy was among the first countries to also use it as a condition of entry to places such as museums and gyms.

According to data from the European Center for Disease and Control, 73.8% of Italians are fully vaccinated against the virus.

However, authorities want to avoid a further increase in cases as winter approaches.

Roberto Speranza, the Italian health minister, told reporters on Thursday, according to Euronews.

There have been a number of protests in Italy this summer against the use of the Green Corridor. However, political parties and trade unions have so far backed the decision to avoid further lockdown, which has hit many sectors hard.

Advertising in Italy It came on the heels of a decision in France to suspend some 3,000 health workers for not being vaccinated against Covid-19.

France suspends unvaccinated health workers

French authorities estimated last week that about 12% of hospital staff and 6% of doctors in private clinics had not received a coronavirus vaccination, according to France24. Earlier this summer, The government made vaccination mandatory for health workers by September 15.

The country’s health minister, Olivier Veran, said the suspension was temporary and continued healthcare was guaranteed, during a radio interview on Thursday. “Caregivers have been vaccinated responsibly to protect themselves and their patients,” he told RTL.

Other European countries have taken a similar approach: Greece has also made vaccination mandatory for nursing home employees and health care workers, and Italy has said health workers who have not been vaccinated can be suspended without pay.

In France, 80.7% of the population is fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. The average across the European Union is 71.5%.