Italy to make COVID jab mandatory for over-50s, tighten curbs – draft

Italy is set to make COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for people aged 50 and above in an attempt to ease pressure on its health service and reduce fatalities, a draft decree showed on Wednesday as a cabinet meeting on new curbs was still ongoing. If confirmed, it would make Italy one of very few European countries to take similar steps. The draft also says that from the start of February until the end of March only people with proof of vaccination or recent infection will be able to enter public offices, non-essential shops, banks, post-offices and hairdressers.
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