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Factsheet for measure IT-2021-15/1854 – measures in Italy

Protocol for vaccination in the workplace

Protocollo per le vaccinazioni in azienda

Country Italy , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 06 April 2021
Context COVID-19
Type Tripartite agreements
Category Protection of workers, adaptation of workplace
– Well-being of workers
Author Lisa Dorigatti (University of Milan) and Eurofound
Measure added 12 April 2021 (updated 10 May 2021)

Background information

As part of the broader action to fight the COVID-19 emergency, the social partners signed a Protocol for the development of company plans for the establishment of vaccination points in the workplaces. The protocol aims to involve companies in the implementation of the campaign in order to accelerate vaccination.

Content of measure

Companies will be able to support, in compliance with the indications provided by the national vaccination plan, the vaccination campaign through definition of specific plans for the direct vaccination of workers within companies. According to the Protocol, this can take place in two ways:

directly, offering the company spaces located in the different territories as additional vaccination points and committing to the direct vaccination of their staff; indirectly, through the use of private health facilities.

According to the Protocol, the costs for the development and management of vaccination plans are entirely borne by the employer. It also foresees if the vaccination is performed during working hours, the time needed for the vaccination is equated in all respects to working hours. The Protocol was adopted under the auspices of the Minister of Labor and Social Policies and the Minister of health, which promoted discussions between the social partners in order to contribute to the rapid implementation of the vaccination plan.

Use of measure

No information.


  • Health and safety

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Applies to all workers Applies to all businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Trade unions
Employers' organisations
Company / Companies

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative
Form Direct consultation outside a formal body Direct consultation outside a formal body

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Social partners jointly
  • Main level of involvement: Peak or cross-sectoral level


The Protocol was signed by the social partners under the auspices of the Minister of Labor and Social Policies and the Minister of Health.

Views and reactions

The Protocol was signed by the social partners under the auspices of the Minister of Labor and Social Policies and the Minister of Health.


  • 06 April 2021: Protocollo nazionale per la realizzazione dei piani aziendali finalizzati all’attivazione di punti straordinari di vaccinazione anti SARS-CoV-2/ Covid-19 nei luoghi di lavoro (


Eurofound (2021), Protocol for vaccination in the workplace, measure IT-2021-15/1854 (measures in Italy), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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