Italians weigh in on vaccine mandate for the elderly

At one of Rome's vaccination centres in the city's Music Auditorium, pensioners welcomed the idea of new rules.

"I think that it is absolutely correct because if someone is obligated to be vaccinated, it is the right thing because it is saving and looking after others," said 73-year-old Rome resident Alfredo Pagliardini, after receiving his booster jab.

The measure is immediately effective and will run until June 15.

Italy has registered more than 138,000 coronavirus deaths since its outbreak emerged in February 2020, the second highest toll in Europe after Britain.

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