responsible (and freer) –

responsible (and freer) –
responsible (and freer) –
from Simona Ravizza [email protected]

After 1 July, the 20-29 age bracket has passed thirty and forty year olds for the first doses. Between the ages of 12-19, membership is growing steadily, more than in the other groups

Vaccines and young people: there are data, elaborated for the Corriere della Sera by the researcher of the Institute for International Political Studies (Ispi) Matteo Villa on the statistics of the Ministry of Health, which can make us reflect. With over 4.5 million vaccinated, the twenties in percentage have now passed the thirties and even the forties. 75% of those between 20 and 29 have been vaccinated, at least with one dose, against 70% of 30-39 and 73% of 40-49 years. And the 12-19 year olds who got immunized with at least one injection are 59%, 2.7 million, with the adhesion curve more than any other in constant growth. These are numbers from which the sense of responsibility of those who, in order to regain space of freedom in safety, are ready to get vaccinated. This is the lesson of young people and adolescents, to which the Minister of Health Roberto Speranza also referred on Sunday: “The children are giving a lesson to everyone, they have understood better than others that the vaccine is an instrument of freedom”.

ISPI calculations and “key dates”

For the comparison the percentages are taken into consideration – and not the absolute numbers – because these are the ones to demonstrate the propensity to the vaccine: comparing the various age groups, who is more willing to give the injection? The comparison between the under 40s is linear since the vaccinations started at the same time on June 3. Dates are important. Prime Minister Mario Draghi signed the decree of Covid digital green certifications that facilitate travel within the EU and participation in public events on June 17, with effect from July. On August 6 there is the first crackdown: the green pass also becomes necessary to consume sitting in bars and restaurants, to enter the gym, cinemas and theaters, and museums. From 1 September, the additional restrictions for travel by train and plane.

Who got vaccinated: the results from 1 July

From 1 July to early September, 24.7% of 30-year-olds, 35.5% of 20-year-olds and 37.7% of 12-19 year-olds were vaccinated. Compared to 30-39 year olds, therefore, 12-19 year olds and 20-29 year olds were vaccinated 52% and 43% more respectively. In conclusion, the vaccine rush has concerned the very young despite the holiday period. All this despite – it should be remembered – for the under 40s the risk of death and hospitalization in case of infection is decidedly low (the lethality rate calculated by the ECDC on confirmed cases is 2 out of 100 thousand), even if with the Delta variant the situation has become more complex. In any case, among the very young the lower danger of the virus was not a deterrent to vaccination. And this although the major political controversies have concerned precisely the usefulness of vaccines and the introduction of the green pass for this age group, risking confusing ideas.

The price of freedom: who is willing to pay it

Despite everything, the most important concept young people seem to have understood: for re-having the much desired (and no longer discounted) freedom there is a price to pay,

albeit minimal since for the scientific community the vaccine against Covid is safe and effective (zero risk in any case does not exist, even with the most common drugs). Confirmation comes from still other data, again from ISPI. Out of 100 not vaccinated on July 1st, the percentage of those who chose to be vaccinated is high among young people and decreases very linearly with age after 30 years.: 49% between 12-19, 56% between 20-29, 43% between 30-39, 35% between 40-49, 29% between 50-59, 26% between 60-69 years old and so on. The calculations of the ISPI, therefore, also make it clear who it is that the green pass has most convinced to get vaccinated.

Comparison with foreign countries: what generation is it?

The children and grandchildren did not feel punished by the introduction of the green pass, the irreducible ones are paradoxically those who risk the most. A similar trend in the adhesion curves to the vaccination campaign also comes from FranceHere, too, out of 100 unvaccinated, the membership rate decreases with age. A proof, perhaps, that the phenomenon is not only Italian, but that it belongs to a generation. Moreover, even in Great Britain, regardless of the green pass, young people have responded well to the vaccination campaign: the 18-25 year old group is 65% and has passed the 25-29 year olds without however reaching the 40 year olds.

Who are the diehards: because it is a paradox

With the arrival of autumn for the experts consulted by the Courier service the risk is that there is the alternative between getting vaccinated or infected. The Delta variant, in fact, unfortunately gives us an even more contagious and dangerous virus. In this context it seems a paradox that to set a good example are those who have the least to lose in the event of contagion. That the young people have given us a lesson, are the numbers to say. All while i boomers, a term by which adolescents define parents considering them to be of a past generation, they are discussing the maximum systems on where individual freedom begins and ends. They, the young people, have shown themselves to be far-sighted and generous in doing their part to restart the country. If the adhesions to the vaccination campaign continue like this, they are the ones who have given us a good example.

September 5, 2021 (change September 6, 2021 | 00:15)


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