In the usual Monday meeting of the Crisis Unit, in the presence of the President of the Region, the issue of over 60 not yet vaccinated. At the moment in Piedmont, out of a population of over 1.4 million falling into this age group, 90% have already joined and of these over 95% have already completed the vaccination cycle. 158,000 are still missing, including 6,000 who have contracted Covid in the last 6 months. As a further attempt to convince the undecided, the Region has instructed the local health authorities to send each of them a letter home, with a reservation (date, time and place) to be vaccinated, specifying that, although there is no obligation , vaccination represents a fundamental prevention tool. This is confirmed by the data on hospitalizations in intensive care which currently affect 74% of unvaccinated people in Piedmont. The initiative explained by the President and the Councilor for Health is in addition to the others that the Region has already put in place in recent months (from direct access to the choice of the vaccine) to expand the audience of over 60s as much as possible, the most exposed to severe forms of the disease.
Clarification on school quarantines
On the school front, a circular in which they are reaffirmed has been sent to all schools of all levels the criteria for quarantine of a class if there is a positivity within it. There remains the distinction between vaccinated and unvaccinated. The former must undergo 7 days of isolation and the others 10. For both, a negative swab is needed to return to the classroom. In the absence of a buffer, the quarantine for vaccinated and not is 14 days. Meanwhile, tomorrow, in view of the imminent start of the “Scuola Sicura” screening campaign, at the warehouse in Momo (Novara) they will be distributed to the ASL of Piedmont the first 100,000 antigenic salivary tests, of the 400,000 already purchased by the Dirmei, and intended for elementary school pupils.
The incidence of the virus in Piedmont by age group
The updated data on the spread of the epidemic by age confirm that, from 2 August, Piedmont has registered substantial stability, with an average weekly incidence of about 35 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, a low value thanks also to the positive effects of vaccination. The lowest value, 20.7 cases per 100,000 people of the same age group, is found in the 60-79 year-olds. The incidence of over 80s is also well below the general Piedmontese average, at 26, while in 30-59 year-olds it is 32.8.
The 20-year-olds age group also improved this week, with an incidence rising from 44.7 to 38.1, and the 16-19 year-olds group where the incidence dropped from 41.3 to 34.1. In general, these are the age groups with the highest number of vaccinated persons, proving the importance of immunization. In particular, of the total of 157,000 young people between 16 and 19 years, 61.4%, in Piedmont, have already completed the vaccination cycle. On the other hand, a more evident circulation of the virus, albeit in a not serious form, continues among the very young: in the 0-11 age range the incidence is 57.2, in the 12-15 age group it is 48.5.
For the latter, as is known, vaccination started from the National Plan after that of the other priority categories and, at the moment, the complete coverage of the 156 thousand who are part of this age group is close to 40%.
Piedmont among the few green regions on the European map
This is confirmed by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, which includes us in lower risk areas. An important result resulting from the good results of our vaccination campaign, the enhancement of contact tracing and all the measures adopted so far by Piedmont. “We must continue like this”, underline the President of the Region Alberto Cirio and the councilor for health Luigi Icardi.