Italy just became the first European country to require all citizens that have a job to have a ‘health pass’ (vaccine passport/vaccine certificate.) The country will require all employees to carry a COVID certificate which will disclose their vaccination status.
Starting in October, any Italian worker that fails to present a valid certificate will face suspension and could have their pay stopped.
The document will be digital or a paper version, and it will also include whether or not a person has recovered from the virus, or tested negative for COVID. It was originally created at the EU level to support intra-European travel, but Italy was among the first countries to also use it as a requirement to enter various venues such as museums, restaurants and gyms.
It’s been emphasized by multiple governments that they will never be able to require citizens to take a vaccine, and that choice will always remain for people. This holds true, but governments are doing everything in their power to make life hard for those who refuse.
Protests against this “green pass” in multiple countries have been ongoing throughout the summer. Despite large and substantial gatherings, these protests have been ignored by many mainstream media outlets. Furthermore, when those who disagree with these measures are acknowledged within the mainstream, they are often labelled as “anti vaccine conspiracy theorists” or ridiculed instead of hearing out what people’s concerns are.