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Health pass introduced for entry to Vatican

by Reuters Journalist

A health certificate showing proof of immunity from COVID-19 immunity will be required to enter the Vatican as of October 1st, the city state said on Monday.

Residents, workers and visitors will have to carry the co-called "Green Pass" that is already widely used in surrounding Italy, the Holy See said in a statement.

An exception will be made for those attending mass "for the time strictly necessary for the rite".

The Green Pass - originally conceived to ease travel among European Union states - shows that someone has been vaccinated, has tested negative or has recently recovered from the coronavirus.

On Thursday, the Italian government made it obligatory for all workers to show the certificate as of Oct. 15, in an effort to boost its vaccination campaign.

(Reporting by Angelo Amante, editing by Gavin Jones)

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