All Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Italy must be fully vaccinated especially now that the ‘Green Pass’ has been fully implemented in the country as well as in neighboring European countries. According to a published report on Philippine News Agency portal on October 26, 2021, the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Rome reminded Filipinos in Italy to get vaccinated against the COVID-19 coronavirus disease.
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This is one of the requirements so that they can continue working in their host country. He said that it is part of the procedures involved before they can continue reporting to work.
Green Pass Requirement for all Workers in Italy
On October 15, the EU Green Pass requirement was implemented in Rome, which required workers to use either a digital or paper certificate proving that they had been vaccinated, screened negative for Covid-19, or recovered from it.
The Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Rome, Italy warns that the order may affect OFWs who decline vaccinations. It stated that at present, the immunization program is open and accessible to all persons.
Employees who have no Green Pass are not permitted to enter their workplace under this policy.
After five days of absence, the leave is considered ‘unjustified’ without pay until the employee can produce the necessary Green Pass. However, keep in mind that the employer cannot fire employees because of this.
The digital and printable (paper) version of the certificate is issued in Italy by the DGC National Platform of the Ministry of Health, which includes a rapid response (QR) code and a certified electronic seal to verify its authenticity and validity.
Fine for Violators of Green Pass Rule
The proposal for the free and safe movement of EU citizens during the COVID-19 epidemic originated from a European Commission initiative to assist people in its member states.
Workers who break this rule will be fined 600 to 1,500 euros.(approximate PHP35,000 to PHP88,000).
COVID-19 health passes are now required for all workers in Italy, making it the first European country to do so.
Filipinos who may have questions about the new rules and policies or have inquiries about labor concerns can visit the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Rome for help.
The Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Rome, Italy is the primary entity responsible for receiving complaints and concerns of Filipino workers abroad.