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Italy. The novelty of the Decree on Vaccines: Obligations, Sanctions and Exceptions

The Council of Ministers, on the proposal of President Paolo Gentiloni and the Minister of Health Beatrice Lorenzin, approved a decree law containing urgent measures on vaccine prevention.

The decree aims at ensuring homogenous activities in the national territory on activities aimed at the prevention, containment and reduction of public health risks, with particular reference to the maintenance of adequate epidemiological safety conditions in terms of prophylaxis and vaccination coverage, overcoming The current regulatory fragmentation.

In this perspective, which also takes account of the obligations and agreed strategies at European and international level, they are mandatory by law, according to the schedule of the National Vaccination Prevention Program (age 0-16 years), and in reference To the cohort belonging to the vaccine shown below:

Such vaccinations may be omitted or deferred only in the event of an established health hazard in relation to specific clinical conditions documented and attested by a general practitioner or pediatrician of their own choice.

In order to ensure the fulfillment of the vaccination obligation, the decree has the following measures: