Italy decided to adopt a decree on Wednesday (Jan. 5) that makes COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for people aged 50 and above.
According to the draft of the decree (https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2022-01-05/italy-to-make-covid-jab-mandatory-for-over-50s-tighten-curbs-draft) seen by Reuters, the measure would be immediately effective and run until June 15. It also says that from the start of February only people with proof of COVID-19 vaccination or recent infection will be able to enter public offices, non-essential shops, banks, post-offices and hairdressers.
The decree toughens this up for over-50s by removing the option of taking a SARS-CoV-2 test rather than injecting a COVID-19 vaccine. Those flouting the rule, effective from February 15, risk a fine of 600 euros to 1,500 euros ($1,697.85).