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Italy to reinstate health workers who failed to comply with COVID vaccination mandates


Italian healthcare workers who were suspended from their jobs for not choosing to receive the coronavirus vaccine will soon be reinstated, the country’s health officials have said. Fines imposed on people who have decided not to get vaccinated will also be waived.

New Health Minister Orazio Schillaci announced on Friday that hospitals were suffering from a shortage of medical staff and that the drop in coronavirus cases should allow a “reintegration” of penalized workers suspended under administration rules. former.

“A measure is being finalized which will allow the reinstatement in the service of health personnel who are subject to a suspension procedure for non-compliance with compulsory vaccination before the expiry date of the suspension,” said Schillaci, according to Reuters.

A medical staff member works in a COVID-19 intensive care unit at a hospital in Bologna, Italy, January 25, 2022.
(Gianni Schicchi/Xinhua via Getty Images)

Former Prime Minister Mario Draghi made compliance with coronavirus restrictions a priority as the pandemic was particularly deadly in Italy, which included mandatory vaccination orders for teachers and healthcare workers.

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Those who did not comply were suspended from their jobs without pay. Those over 50 who weren’t vaccinated were forced to pay a fee of almost $100.

Suspensions will now be lifted and fines will be reversed, under new Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni.

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Meloni was sworn in during a ceremony at the presidential palace of the Quirinal, in Rome, Italy, on October 22.

According to the World Health Organization, Italy has nearly 179,000 deaths from the pandemic.


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