After this Sunday, a massive campaign to vaccinate young people against COVID-19 begins in Italy. The goal is to get 60 percent of students vaccinated when the school year starts.
The plan of preferential vaccination of young people, without prior reservation, was presented by the extraordinary pandemic commissioner, General Francesco Figliuolo. “From August 16, we will have around 10 million doses nationwide, which will allow us to continue vaccinating at an excellent pace,” said the general, quoted on Tuesday by the daily La Stampa. At the same time he said: “We must hurry.”
Students must also be vaccinated, because the government has decided that the condition for participation in classes at universities will be the possession of a COVID-19 pass, issued on this basis, among others.
To date, the record of vaccination campaigns in Italy is 34.7 million people who have already completed them. That’s over 64 percent of the country’s population.
Work on the schedule for administering the third dose of the vaccine
“When we have 80 percent of the vaccinated population, we will also have to have the courage to stop counting infected people, ditch the masks and end quarantine,” immunologist Antonella Viola from Padua told Corriere della Sera. “We must learn to live with the virus tamed by vaccines,” she said.
The daily “La Stampa” reported that Mario Draghi’s government is working on a plan to administer a third dose of the vaccine. According to this project, people with reduced immunity would receive it in October. Next, medical personnel would be vaccinated, and from the new year on, people over 80 years of age would be vaccinated.
The newspaper claims that these plans are not publicized so as not to give additional arguments to the vaccine “skeptics”.
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