The Italian Government has mandated Covid vaccines for all health workers, warning that those who do not take the jab could lose their jobs at least until the end of the year. The Mail has the story.
Italy has mandated Covid vaccines for all health workers in a move aimed at crushing anti-vax sentiment.
Prime Minister Mario Draghi, who stands at the vanguard in the EU’s jabs battle with Britain, said health workers, including pharmacists, who refused the vaccine could be struck off until the end of the year.
Italy’s vaccine roll-out, dented by the EU’s failure to secure AstraZeneca doses, is faltering with just 16.03% of its population inoculated, compared to more than 50% of people in Britain, amid soaring infections.
The country’s entrenched anti-vaccination movement came into sharp focus after the recent discovery of clusters of hospital staff refusing the jab despite Italy having Europe’s highest death toll. …
Italy’s Government said today: “The aim of the measure is to protect as much as possible both medical and paramedical staff and those who are in environments that may be more exposed to the risk of infection.”
The decree also introduces legal protection for those who administer the jabs, a measure doctors and nurses had demanded after medics were placed under investigation for manslaughter following the death of a vaccinated man in Sicily.
Cabinet plans leaked last month revealed that care home workers in England will also be required by law to have a Covid jab. Similar requirements are being considered for other healthcare workers, such as those who work on hospital wards. The Telegraph reported:
The Cabinet sub-committee paper warns that a “large” number of social care workers may quit if the change is made, and that successful lawsuits on human rights grounds could be possible. It makes clear that a similar legal requirement is being considered for some frontline healthcare workers, such as those on wards, but no decision on that has been taken. …
Its key line is understood to read: “The Prime Minister and the Secretary of State [Mr Hancock] have discussed on several occasions the progress that is being made to vaccinate social care workers against Covid and have agreed – in order to reach a position of much greater safety for care recipients – to put in place legislation to require vaccinations among the workforce.”
The sentence makes it clear that both have decided in principle to change the law to require the vaccination of social care workers, even as the specifics are worked up. Government officials are discussing what the legislation would look like, with consultation on a final detailed proposal expected.
The Italian Government’s decision to mandate vaccines for all health workers is likely to encourage the British Government to extend its current plans – in the same way that Italy played a crucial role in bringing lockdowns to Britain last year. In December, Professor Neil Ferguson revealed that Italy boosted the confidence of British pro-lockdown officials:
[China is] a communist one party state, we said. We couldn’t get away with it in Europe, we thought. … And then Italy did it. And we realised we could.
The Mail’s report is worth reading in full.
“Before doctors, we are people, and freedom of choice applies to us as well.”
Battaglia responds to the Region: “If I am vaccinated? It is a personal data that I believe I should not have to communicate “
“In general I am against obligations, but I am especially so if they concern therapeutic treatment. For my part there is no aversion to vaccines, I would say the same thing if it were aspirin or tachypirin.
Domenico Battaglia, 47 years old, born in Palermo and enrolled in the medical register of Ferrara, was a candidate in 2020 with the Movement 3 V (Vaccines We Want Truth) as president of the Region. Specializing in urology, he works as a freelancer and not in hospitals, where the attention on the issue of compulsory vaccination for health personnel is high: the governor Stefano Bonaccini considers it necessary and public health managers are asking for legislative tools to be able to manage the cases of “no-vax” doctors and nurses.
What do you think? “You can’t force anyone. There is nothing ethical about it and I think it lacks respect for constitutional norms. Among other things, it would seem to me a risky move at a stage in which we do not know all the features on the coverage they offer: I emphasize coverage, not effectiveness.”
The results that advanced vaccine campaigns are giving in other countries is undeniable though. “I do not discuss the function of the vaccine but the problem would be the obligation. I think there cannot be a measure of that kind even in an emergency phase like this. Derogation is dangerous, you could start from health personnel and then get to other categories.” (ER: Vaccine campaigns elsewhere are quite possibly raising infection and death rates.)
We’re talking about doctors and nurses serving in hospitals. Not even in such delicate places of care do you think this should be envisaged? For healthcare personnel, isn’t this an ethical and deontological adherence? “You can’t overstep the concept of freedom of choice. People should be informed, not frightened with possible demotion or even put in front of the choice of risking losing their jobs.”
Have you been vaccinated? “It is a personal fact that I feel I should not communicate. I also find certain mechanisms aimed at identifying the ‘right’ and the ‘wrong’ to be aberrant”.
Personally and with the Movement, what initiatives do you intend to take? “So far we are talking about hypotheses of obligation for doctors. Let’s wait and evaluate. We are obviously ready for all legal actions and measures allowed.”
Where vaccinated in high numbers, such as in facilities for the elderly, outbreaks have been greatly reduced. “I consider the requirement a mistake especially from a political point of view. Before being doctors, we are human beings and this freedom of choice must be inviolable.” (ER: We have reported the reverse phenomenon, that carehomes that never had any outbreaks got them as a result of recent vaccination.)
How, then, could contagions and deaths be avoided? “It can be avoided through primary prevention and home care, which in fact has a large number of doctors who are in favor of the need to implement treatment with drugs at home. Moving care from hospitals to homes would probably help keep vaccination from being seen as the only solution.”
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