Coronavirus vaccines in the company, agreement reached between the Government, companies and trade unions on the update of the Protocol for security and the fight against Covid 19. The yes at the end of a confrontation that lasted over 7 hours between the Minister of Labor, Andrea Orlando, the Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza, the leaders of the employers’ associations and the general secretaries of CGIL, CISL, UIL and UGL


The vaccination of workers in the company is therefore starting, with which the national campaign can be strengthened once it is finally fully operational. A channel, the corporate one, parallel to the ordinary network and not an alternative procedure: it will in fact constitute, according to the protocol, a public health activity as part of the National Strategic Plan for anti-Covid-19 vaccination prepared by the Extraordinary Commissioner. And it will not result in binding rules: it will require the voluntary adhesion of employers and workers. All companies will be able to apply freely; there is no minimum size requirement as vaccination will be offered to all workers, “regardless of the type of contract”.

If the vaccination is carried out during working hours, the Protocol continues, the necessary time “it will be equated in all respects to working hours“. Furthermore, the criminal liability of healthcare professionals for adverse events in the hypothesis of compliant use of the vaccine is expressly excluded, while the costs for the creation and management of business plans, including those for administration, “are entirely borne by the employer”.

Instead they obviously remain the State is responsible for the supply of vaccines, administration devices (syringes / needles) and the provision of training tools provided and the tools for recording vaccinations performed. The protocol also ensures vaccination for those workers whose companies are not required to appoint the competent doctor or who cannot make use of private health facilities: they can in fact make use of “the health facilities of Inail” and, in this case, being public vaccination initiative, the charges remain the responsibility of the institution.

Government, businesses and trade unions then have also signed the update of the Protocol of the anti-contagion rules, for the contrast and containment of Covid, which employers and workers must comply with: the text has been adapted to the changes that have taken place during the pandemic. Also resolved the last knots that seemed to have brought the document into question. The rule was reintroduced according to which “failure to implement the Protocol, which does not ensure adequate levels of protection, determines the suspension of activities until security conditions are restored”. The chapters relating to the update of the risk assessment document which is no longer included in the text have also been resolved, while the part relating to the masks, travel and re-entry to work after positivity has been simplified.

In particular, the text reads, “positive workers beyond the 21st day will be re-admitted to work only after the negativization of the molecular or antigenic buffer carried out in a facility accredited or authorized by the health service “while for business trips the employer must take into account” the context associated with the different types of trips / trips envisaged, also with reference to the epidemiological trend of the destination sites “. the use of agile work by private employers is part of the updating of the Protocol which urges companies to ensure maximum use of this new form of work for those activities that can be carried out at home or remotely, as well as for those that are not suspended.

Orlando: “Perfect agreements but important fixed points”

“I think they are perfectible agreements but I believe that today it is more important to put a firm point and then reserve the possibility of integration, rather than wait for the optimum, but which then risks not arriving”. Thus the Minister of Labor, Andrea Orlando at the end of the ‘marathon’ which approved the agreements. “I believe that the syndrome that often characterizes politics has been avoided: that of the year zero. I hope that this spirit will also characterize the next demanding appointments we face: reform, social safety nets and industrial crises as well as management in practice reopening and restarting “, he concludes.

Casasco: “Unforeseen agreement, great responsibility”

“The agreement signed this evening is very important in this delicate and complicated moment that our country is experiencing. It was not easy to reach this shared signature, but a sense of responsibility prevailed”. This was stated by the president of Confapi, Maurizio Casasco after the signing.

“Confapi, carrying out the requests and interests of our SMEs, has deemed it right to undertake a work of mediation. In this difficult moment for our economy, Italy cannot afford fractures between the social partners: it is necessary to understand that the opponent to be fought is the covid and its variants. And the agreement goes in this direction. I want to say thanks to Minister Orlando, for the seriousness and great ability put in place, to the Ministry of Economic Development and the Ministry for Health: with the contribution of everyone, we have reached a result that is not at all obvious but really important “, he concludes.

Bombardieri: “With double signature assured safety and consistency”

“With the signing of these agreements we have achieved a great result: safety first of all. The pandemic forces everyone to behave correctly and consistently. Differences based on geographical areas and political choices are not tolerable. “Thus the Uil leader, Pierpaolo Bombardieri, comments on the double signing of tonight.

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