The rebels of Astrazeneca strike mainly in the South. Vaccines slowly

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PAGANI, ITALY – 2021/04/13: A gentleman receiving AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccination point, set up in the foyer of the Paganese cinema, is equipped with reception and registration areas, a counter with four computer stations for the history of vaccinations, a sorting point, four vaccination boxes and a post-vaccine observation room, and all the spaces necessary for staff and medical-sanitary equipment. (Photo by Alessandro Barone/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Call them “riotous”, as did the regional president of Sicily, Nello Musumeci, or even “skeptics”. The result does not change and neither does the weight of their choice on the anti Covid vaccination campaign. They are the undecided, those who, although not expressly no vax, have not yet determined whether to vaccinate or not and have not yet booked or if they did then they did not show up at the hub to have the vaccine inoculated.

The “tear” of Sicily. Precisely for the too many “riotous” over 80s from Sicily, Musumeci announced the decision to “breaksre ”the rules of the national vaccine plan, marking a break with the extraordinary commissioner for the emergency, General Francesco Paolo Figliuolo. From tomorrow, Wednesday 5 May,via to reservations for overs 50 – announced the president of the Region – and from Fridayì May 7to mass vaccination in the smaller islands, Lampedusa and Linosa and after the others. Not going back an inch – “Let’s go forward”, he said in the interview to our newspaper – in front of the altolà arrived in the evening from the commissioner. The vaccination campaign continues with a focus on the elderly and frail subjects – they made it known with a note – to reinforce a positive trend that from 10 April to today has increased administration and decreased deaths by 26% by 34% hospital admissions. , 31% of those in intensive care. The reassurance, which sounds like a small concession to Musumeci, that the commissioner structure will reserve“Maximum attention also to the safety of the inhabitants of the small islands”, starting from those that “may present a particular exposure to epidemiological risk and which are not always provided with adequate health care”.

Vaccinations return to drop well below the quota of 500 thousand a day and the campaign in some regions slows down under the blows of the “Astrazeneca psychosis”. The government thinks about how to convince the undecided. Over five million people, about 12% of the fifty million Italians over the age of 16, whose perplexities risk significantly affecting the progress of the vaccination campaign. Signals come from the North – in Friuli Venezia Giulia in the age group between 60 and 69 years, membership drops: out of an audience of 77 thousand people have booked the administration less than 15 thousand people – but the weight of the skeptics is felt very much in the South, currently predominantly orange, therefore with an epidemic scenario of greater risk, where – as shown by the data reported on the Government website and updated this morning – Calabria e Sicily, with their 78.8% and 78.3%respectively,appearin the last places among the regions for the percentages between the doses administered and those delivered. Both are also behind on the vaccination front for over 80s and in fact at the bottom of the ranking prepared by the Gimbe Foundation: Sicily at 70.3% preceded by Calabria at 71% and by Campania to 77.8%. First there are Liguria at 79.9% and the Sardinia with 80.6%.

In the coming days, the extraordinary commissioner for the emergency, General Francesco Paolo Figliuolo, could consider contacting directly the presidents of the regions that are further behind for an action of moral suasion, while the government is defining the information campaign on the safety of vaccines and vaccination awareness which should start by the end of May. In the field of exceptional testimonials – actors, actresses and personalities from the world of sport and music – protagonists of a series of commercials “aimed not so much at the no vax, but at the undecided”, underlines a source of the highest level from Palazzo Chigi. A “recovery” operation which will also rely on general practitioners. Because, as the former director of EMA Guido Rasi, Figliuolo’s new consultant, explained to HuffPost, “recovering the undecided is important” and to do so we must leverage emulation, “which is triggered the more a community is created around vaccination ”And on“ family doctors who have proved to be the most effective persuasive tool on this front ”.

In Sicily there are 250,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccinestill locked in refrigerators. “There is no organizational problem or slowness, because the hubs (nine throughout the territory, ed) and the 68 vaccination centers work full time and the doses are coming – explain from the Region – but there is a problem of skepticism perhaps linked to the fact that 5 of the 7 suspected deaths reported were recorded here. No one has ever said that they are related to the vaccine, but unfortunately there are those who think they are “.

Skepticism mainly linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine – across the country there are over two million shots of Astrazeneca still in freezers and ready to be used – but also extended to others.

As it happens in Sardinia,where on April 29 the President of the Region, Christian Solinas denounced: Out of 14 thousand fragile and very fragile people contacted to make an appointment for the administration of Pfizer, only 3,800 accepted. In these conditions it becomes difficult to carry out the vaccination campaign. Words that have caused a sensation “but which do not represent an indictment against anyone – underlines a source from the Region – unfortunately we have found strong resistance, there is a very high percentage of people who have said” no “to the vaccine “. Among the undecided there are also people who live in isolated areas or the elderly who have difficultiesat to book on online platforms. To “recover” them in Sardinia, the booking obligation for over 80s has been abolished from 3 May: to be vaccinated they will only have to show up at the hubs.

The Basilicatainstead, it focuses on the night. The Matera health authority has organized “Astranight” for May 8: from 10pm to 6am up to 750 people can be vaccinated, with a number to be collected at the entrance, aged between 60 and 79 years. Strictly with AstraZeneca.

Today in Calabriathe “vax day” organized on the occasion of the feast of the patron saint San Francesco di Paola ended. Four days spent trying to make up for the accumulated delays. Linked “in part to the skepticism which also resists, but mainly to organizational problems”, explains the regional councilor Graziano Di Natale. The over 80s have not yet been secured, “the booking platform does not work and home vaccination for the frail is year zero”, Di Natale points out.

In Campania from the Region contest the data that see it at the bottom of the ranking and lagging behind the national average on vaccination of most fragile.

In Marcianise they were vaccinatedeven hundreds of twenty-year-olds, after an open day open to all age groupsat and that – it is announced – “given the success, it will beat repeated soon in other citiesat del Casertano and in other provinces “. While in a hub in Naples some sixty-year-olds threatened doctors, claiming to be immunized with Pfizer or Moderna, instead of with AstraZeneca. The fear of the Anglo-Swedish vaccine, in short, continues to hold back the campaign.

AstraZeneca psychosis. Throughout Italy, out of a total of 3,572,061 shot doses available, 2,039,973 are of this vaccine, Vaxzevria (57.1%): so far only 69% of the doses delivered have been administered (equal to 6,565. 080). Of these two million doses, a part must still be kept aside: next week, boosters will begin for those who have been half vaccinated.at February, but also running out of all the so-called“Second doses” would remain out of over 500 thousand.


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