Italy Might Drop Mask Mandate for Fully Vaccinated Classes

Education Minister Patrizio Bianchi recently stated that fully vaccinated school classes in Italy should be exempt from wearing masks.

Bianchi declared that this may provide an incentive for children and the community to become vaccinated. He explained that maskless classrooms may be “a strong signal of the return to normality.”

Nevertheless, not everyone agrees with this proposal. For example, Dr. Nino Cartabellotta, president of the Gimbe foundation for evidence-based medicine, made his perspective known. He tweeted“In the classroom, there are not adequate safety conditions to remove the mask even if everyone is vaccinated”.

According to Patrizio Bianchi, 92% of school staff across the country are vaccinated. Some southern regions, including Campania and Puglia, have school-staff vaccination rates as high as 100%. 

School staff who are not vaccinated must pay for their COVID-19 tests every 48 hours. They must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test to enter school.

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