“Screening in schools and third doses for all”

“We are ready to vaccinate all citizens who want it and to start screening in schools. Now more than ever we must remember that the vaccine is the only way to protect ourselves from the virus and its variants “. Interviewed by Corriere della Sera, General Francesco Paolo Figliuolo – extraordinary commissioner for the implementation of measures for the containment and contrast of Covid-19 – ensures that the plan is operational in the face of the surge in infections recorded in the last week due to Omicron.

“Increasing the number of people vaccinated and who have received the booster will help us to consolidate the barrier built up to now with over 108 million doses since the beginning of the vaccination campaign”, Figliuolo underlines to the newspaper, “These are decisions made with good reason and consistent with the availability of doses. With the opening at four months, starting next January 10, considering the doses currently available and those that will be distributed in the next month, it will be possible to satisfy the audience of potential recipients “.

With the presidents of the Regions “I feel very often, we follow the method based on a careful analysis of individual local situations, identifying strengths and any critical issues”, continues the commissioner, “The Structure I manage continues to operate in a balanced way, through contacts and daily updates at a technical level with the Regions, to ensure coordination. The results so far have been excellent, as the figures at the national level testify: today the population protected with at least one dose of vaccine, plus those recovered for a maximum of six months, is equal to about 90 per cent of those over 12 “.

As far as screening in schools is concerned, “each Region will develop a device and thanks to the great availability of Defense Minister Guerini we will have the support of military teams and laboratories. Before the Christmas break, military personnel carried out over 18,000 swabs in 470 schools. The Defense, which has promptly taken the field since the beginning of the pandemic, is currently using an important part of its personnel resources and specialized structures, which operate in a wide range of activities, to support the Regions. Screening is one of them ».

“Military operations abroad and on the national territory, including those to support the fight against the pandemic,” the general recalls, “Among these there is” Athena “which contributes to the tracking of infections in schools. But the Defense also continues its commitment to the “Eos” operation, aimed at providing support for the administration of vaccines to the civilian population, without counting the storage of vaccines at the military airport of Pratica di Sea and subsequent transport to the various regional sites. All these activities constitute an important contribution that is fully inserted in the framework of the measures against Covid that are coordinated by the Commissioner Structure “.

As regards the resumption of lessons and the problem of masks in schools, “the government”, underlines the commissioner, “has allocated 5 million euros that will be used for the purchase of Ffp2 masks to be distributed to those who carry out school and educational activities in favor of children, and whoever is in contact with pupils exempted from the obligation to wear respiratory protection devices. Two preparatory meetings have already been held for the purchase of the masks and, together with the Ministry of Education, the need will be defined in detail ».

And what is the ideal pace of vaccinations? “An unprecedented campaign is underway which at this moment is traveling at a high pace, comparable to that of last spring, when the program changed pace, registering more than 500 thousand administrations per day”, says Figliuolo, “The ideal level is what optimizes the resources of vaccination personnel and vaccines, balancing the activities of the administration points in an efficient way. According to the latest weekly report of the Structure, published on Friday, we are at over 523 thousand doses per day, with a trend to rise ».

At the end of January there will be the new Novavax vaccine. “2.9 million doses are expected to arrive, with the first delivery of about 1.5 million presumably taking place between January and February”, he confirms, “Given that all the vaccines we have are safe, having been authorized from Ema and Aifa, with Novavax which is a traditional type vaccine based on recombinant protein technology, already used for decades for other preparations, we will have an extra weapon against Covid-19 that will allow the vaccination campaign to go faster ».

It will be used, concludes the general, «for the primary cycles of the over 18s and I hope that it will contribute to winning those who are still hesitant. Should we continue to inform and reassure that vaccination is the only system? together with prevention? to protect us from the virus and its variants. From this point of view, I rely heavily on the role of family doctors, pharmacists, pediatricians and specialists. They are trusted figures, close to people and families, they know their experience and can make the difference in dissolving doubts and reluctance. The word must be given to science, and this must be divulged with the right trait and approach ».

Source: by www.diariodelweb.it.

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