Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi said on Thursday, Sept. 2, that the country might eventually impose a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for every one of eligible age.

Italy has seen more than 129,000 deaths from the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus (COVID-19) pandemic since 2020, the second highest death toll in Europe after Britain.

The government has made the COVID-19 vaccine compulsory for medical workers, but Draghi wants all Italians to get vaccinated when the European Medicines Agency (EMA) gives full approval to their vaccines, according to Reuters.

Draghi said his government plans to administer booster vaccine shots to vulnerable people later this month, but the vaccination could become compulsory for all citizens once the EU health authorities officially authorize four kinds of vaccines that have been given conditional approval.

Such efforts may face opposition, particularly from No Vax opponents, in a country that has seen a rise in scepticism about all kinds of vaccines over the past decade.

However, Draghi told reporters at a news conference that he is confident that 80% of Italians aged 12 and over would be fully vaccinated by the end of the month, against 70.5% at present.

The prime minister said his government plans to further extend the usage of the Green Pass health documents, which are currently required for long-distance travel, access to many leisure activities and are also obligatory for school workers.

Some Italians has protested against the system, stating that it tramples on their freedoms.