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ROME – Italian anti-vaccines are adrift.

Strict new rules that took effect on Monday mean anyone without a health card showing they have been vaccinated or recently recovered from COVID-19 can no longer use public transport.

This is a big problem for the inhabitants of the islands of Venice.

Like many islanders, Eleonora de Nat, who lives in Giudecca, considers herself self-sufficient. A personal trainer and martial arts champion, she says she doesn’t need a vaccine: “I’m healthy and the vaccine doesn’t guarantee anything.

But now De Nat, one of some 5,000 unvaccinated residents of the Venetian Lagoon islands, is trapped without access to the mainland.

As the Omicron variant sweeps across Italy and everywhere else, the national government is getting tougher on the unvaccinated, in a bid to avoid another lockdown and protect the economy.

“We must not lose sight of the reason for our dismay – that most of our problems stem from the fact that there are unvaccinated people,” Prime Minister Mario Draghi said at a press conference on Monday. Unvaccinated people are becoming a burden on hospitals, he said. “The more we reduce the pressure on hospitals, the more free we can be.”

From February, vaccination will be compulsory for those over 50 and, from this week, anyone planning to use public transport will have to present a health passport.

In Venice, this rule means that unvaccinated islanders cannot use the water buses – Vaporetto – which are the main source of transportation.

According to De Nat, COVID-19 tests are not available on the island, his doctor is on the mainland and supermarkets on The Giudecca are more expensive than those in central Venice.

She has a vaporetto subscription and says she will continue to use it – unless she stops. “I agree with civil disobedience. If we all do it, everything will be fine, ”she said.

The mainland is also experiencing difficulties.

Ernesto Peschiuta, who lives in the historic center near the Arsenale, said he decided not to get the vaccine after taking advice from a doctor friend. The 70-year-old usually picks up his granddaughter from school using the vaporetto as the walk would be too difficult for him and would involve crossing at least seven bridges.

“They will have to physically force me” to get vaccinated, said Peschiuta. “I will not give them the satisfaction of giving in. I will pay the 100 € fine. I will resist.”

Luigi Corò, chairman of the citizens’ rights group CMP, which held a protest against the rules on Saturday, said: “People are very angry. They can’t even go out and buy a pair of boxers. The elderly cannot go to the Rialto Fish. walked and get their fish where they always got it. “

He estimated that only around 5% of Venetians have a private boat they could use, and even those who do cannot moor them in the city center without risking a fine. “And in this weather, with rain and wind, you get sick if you travel in an open-top boat.”

Following an appeal from the mayor of Venice to the government, the Ministry of Health announced this weekend a waiver of the ban on public transport for all schoolchildren and those who have to take the ferry for health reasons .

But Corò said that was not enough as people have to accompany their children to school. “A child of nine or 10 cannot travel alone,” he said. The rules create divisions, with a risk of social unrest and violence, he added. “People are desperate. They are going mad.”

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