Protests in Rome against compulsory Covid health passport for workers Several thousand demonstrators have taken to the streets in Rome to protest against the use of the health passport, which will be mandatory in all workplaces from October 15th. Introduced in August for museums, sporting events and indoor dining, the health passport includes either a vaccination card, proof of recovery from COVID-19 or a negative test./AFP

ROM – Thousands of protesters, including members of far-right groups, demonstrated on Saturday in central Rome against the expansion of the COVID-19 health passport system to all workplaces.

There were brawls with the police when protesters targeted the health passport, which has been mandatory for museums, sporting events and restaurants since August is.

By not mandating vaccinations, but forcing workers to take them, “it releases itself from responsibility for any fatal or serious consequences, but indirectly obliges people to get vaccinated in order to go to work “She said.

As part of the health passport system, everyone who enters these facilities must Provide a vaccination certificate, proof of recovery from COVID-19 or a recent negative test result.

Three weeks ago, the government of Prime Minister Mario Draghi announced that the regulation will be extended to all workplaces from October 15 and employees, who refuse to comply with the rules, are threatened with dismissal without pay.

“We were both suspended two months ago,” Cosimo, one of the protesters, told AFP. He and his wife Morena are both nurses.

The couple claim to have immunity and allergy problems and their family doctor exempted them from compulsory vaccinations.

Stefano, who came from Como in the north to take care of the Join protest on Saturday said he would take the test. “I have to pay for the work, that’s absurd,” he said.

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