Less than 2 months at the beginning of the new school year (in South Tyrol, the first to leave, the bell will ring on Monday 6 September; Puglia and Calabria close on the 20th), sixty days to start all over again in the institutes “in presence without ifs and without but », as the Minister of Education Patrizio Bianchi wished more than expected. An objective that, net of the epiedemiological evolution of the pandemic in Italy and the effect of the new variants – “there is absolutely no risk of a fourth wave in September”, however, today the coordinator of the CTS Franco Locatelli reassured; “Today we exceed 55 million doses”, recalled the Minister of Health Roberto Speranza – it can only be reached with a decisive click on vaccinations, especially for school staff (teaching and otherwise), but also for students.
And it is for this reason that the Extraordinary Commissioner Francesco Paolo Figliuolo, as he announced yesterday, today wrote to the Regions and the Autonomous Provinces asking them to “implement in an even more proactive way the method of actively reaching the personnel” of schools and universities “that do not has still joined the vaccination campaign, also involving the Competent Doctors to raise awareness in the school community in an even more widespread way ». For Figliuolo in recent weeks it is necessary to “encourage vaccination in the category, considering it a priority and reserving preferential lanes even at vaccination hubs”.
As regards the vaccination trend of school and university staff, the Regions find themselves in a sort of babel, a patchy situation between those who are further ahead and those who are very far from the objectives. The percentage of school staff currently reached by a first administration is 85% on the national average, with a minimum increase in the last 2 weeks (+ 0.5% compared to 23 June). There are several Regions, the Figliuolo staff said, which remain well below 80% of first administrations. “8-9 Regions – the commissioner explained yesterday – where more needs to be done”, including Liguria, Sicily, Calabria, Sardinia, Trento, Bolzano and Umbria. There are about 215 thousand teachers (out of over 800 thousand) and school operators to be “convinced” soon, in order to reach at least 180-190 thousand new vaccinations by September.
And then there is the students chapter, the children over 12 years old (there are almost 4 million, source Istat, 12-18 year olds residing in Italy) who hope to bring the vaccine. “According to the scientists, failure to vaccinate students entails a high risk of infection amplification: what does the Ministry of Health do to vaccinate children?” Asked Gabriele Toccafondi, Italia Viva group leader in the Culture Commission in the Chamber. Here the topic is more sensitive, because it involves the will of the parents, who must somehow be convinced. “In front of vaccinated students, not only the school in the presence, but I believe that we can also consider the hypothesis of no longer wearing the mask during classroom lessons with the distancing”, proposed the Undersecretary of Health Andrea Costa.
While Lazio announces the departure of reservations for the age group 12-16 years (born 2009-2005) with Pfizer (from the third week of July), an opinion from the Technical Scientific Committee is expected (not shortly), which as requested by Minister Bianchi will have to reassess the measures for returning to class (“we start again as in 2020”, the CTS had suggested at the end of June) in light of the percentage of new vaccinated people who, from Figliuolo down, all hope that by sixty days can definitely rise, to ward off a new school year with the shadow of Dad.
(with source Askanews)
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