Italian politician Massimiliano Fedriga does not believe in state-mandated vaccination policies. The far-right president of the northeastern Fruili-Venezia Giulia region also spent four days in the hospital after contracting chickenpox.
According to The Independent, Fedriga announced on social media that he had been treated and was doing better, writing, “I'm fine, I'm at home in convalescence and I thank everyone.”
Fedriga also has strongly opposed the country’s decision to mandate vaccinations for Italy’s children, protecting against 12 childhood diseases — including chickenpox.
After a measles outbreak in 2017, Italy introduced legislation barring unvaccinated children from nursery or pre-school. Parents who opt against vaccinating their school-age children face hefty fines.
Though Fedriga’s own children are vaccinated, he believes parents should not be “coerced” into vaccinating their offspring and once referred to the country’s Democratic Party as “Stalinist” for trying to force parents into the decision.
Fedriga responded to social media users offering “celebratory comments” on Twitter over his hospital stay insisting he is not part of the anti-vaccination movement.
“I'm reading a series of celebratory comments on Twitter because I’ve been hospitalised,” he said. “I have always said that I am in favour of vaccines, but to achieve the result it is necessary to have an alliance with families not imposition.”
“They even said I would get chicken pox from my children, not knowing that my children are vaccinated, as I have stated in interviews,” Fedriga added.