Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Draghi is reportedly considering a mandatory vaccination programme for incoming illegal migrants after hinting at a vaccine mandate for all Italians earlier this week.
Vaccinations have already been arranged for Afghans evacuated to Italy, while some other have reportedly already taken at least one dose of the Russian-made Sputnik vaccine.
According to a report from the Italian newspaper Il Giornale, Prime Minister Draghi is also looking to extend the vaccine mandate to those arriving in the country illegally by sea, regardless of whether the migrants are accepted for residency in Italy.
Previously, vaccine rollouts were conducted by each Italian region, but the national government has decide to implement a nationwide plan headed by the Ministry of the Interior.
The Interior Ministry will also coordinate the vaccination of migrants in existing migrant reception centres across the country.
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