Third dose for all over 60. The green light for Health

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CWMBRAN, WALES – OCTOBER 05: A nurse administers a vaccine booster on October 05, 2021 in Cwmbran, Wales. Patients who attend the vaccine centre are also being offered the option of a flu vaccine. The Welsh Government has also announced that all 12 to 15-year-olds will be invited by letter to have the vaccine and the majority being administered at mass vaccination centres. In some areas, vaccination will be carried out at schools. (Photo by Huw Fairclough/Getty Images)

Third dose for all the ‘frail’ and for the over 60. This is what is established by a circular from the Ministry of Health which thus initiates the administration of the ‘booster’ for these groups of the population. “In light of the latest EMA resolutions – explains the ministry – green light for the third dose of vaccine for the frail of all ages and for all over 60s, always after at least six months from the completion of the primary vaccination cycle”.

The decision takes place while there are still 8.4 million Italians who have not even taken the first shot of the anti-Covid vaccine (15.54% of the vaccinable population) and almost three million over-fifties remain in the most critical age group (precisely 2,987,859) not immunized. The worst, in the words of Prime Minister Draghi, is definitely behind us: “our joint efforts have helped us to keep the pandemic under control in many countries and to give us hope that its end is in sight”, explains the Prime Minister at the B20 summit, announcing the fight against “protectionism on health products” so that “the free circulation of vaccines and the raw materials necessary to produce them” is defended. On this the premier is confidently aiming at the G20 summit in Rome, confident that “at the end of October he will reach a strong commitment to reform the WTO” (the World Trade Organization).
The administration continues also in view of 15 October, the date on which the Green pass will be mandatory in the workplace. However, some critical issues are announced, reported by the Venetian governor Luca Zaia, who launches an appeal: “We cannot put companies in difficulty – he says -. If the government does not take this situation in hand before the 15th it will be chaos. We make sure that companies can use ‘do it yourself’ tests and deal directly with their workers ”.

In Veneto there are 590,000 people of working age who are not vaccinated: “even if only half of them do not work – explains Zaia – we would have 300-350,000 to be tested every 48 hours. Impossible”. Also for this reason the rush to inoculations continues: the Istituto Superiore di Sanità underlines how “a higher vaccination coverage and the completion of vaccination cycles represent the main tools to prevent further recurrences of episodes of increased circulation of the virus supported by emerging variants” . According to the latest updated report of the Government, there are 3,996,994 people without a dose in the age group of 20-49 years and 1,408,268 in that of 12-19 years.
As regards the third shot, however, beyond the provisions of the circular, the Director of Prevention of the Ministry of Health, Gianni Rezza, clarifies that “it is important to ensure this possibility for all health professionals” and that “no one thinks for the moment to a universal appeal to the whole population ”. In Lazio, however – announces the councilor for health – the booster dose for health workers is ready to be inoculated.
The question of vaccination cycles done abroad remains open. Also on this Rezza assures that in the coming days a decision will be made: there are two hypotheses under study, one of these is to carry out a further additional dose with an mRna vaccine in those who are vaccinated with sera not recognized by the EMA ( e.g. Sputnik).

Italy is also mobilizing on the solidarity front for the countries most in difficulty in purchasing anti-Covid serum. The first to raise awareness among the institutions on the issue is the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, who explains:
“Africa only had 2 percent of the vaccines: there is a problem of fair distribution that must be solved immediately. The real answer is to stimulate the African pharmaceutical industry ”. And on the Covax front (the international program that aims at equitable access to anti Covid vaccines), the Foreign Minister, Luigi Di Maio, adds: “we have financed the Facility with 345 million euros and we will donate 45 million doses of vaccines within the current year “.


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