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With the fourth wave underway, the risk of greater restrictions returns. Thanks to vaccines, the pressure on hospitals is still under control but Friuli Venezia Giulia and Alto Adige – where hospitalizations are exceeding or are very close to the first alert thresholds – by the end of the month they risk being the first two territories to end up in the yellow zone and therefore to raise the mask even outdoors as well as having to halve the capacities of cinemas, theaters and stadiums.
The pressure of the governors
Yellow and even more orange are scary. It is no coincidence that the governors, especially the center-right ones, unleashed the offensive on the Austrian model. They ask that the restrictions related to the possible passage of color of a Region apply only to the unvaccinated, on the model of the hard lockdown decided by Vienna for those without immunization. The Government is holding back for the moment: “no close on the Austrian model is being studied”, explain sources from Palazzo Chigi, underlining that the contagion data in Italy are not comparable to those of Austria, that the situation in intensive care to date is under control and monitoring of data continues, with an evaluation expected in December.
Third dose obligation for health professionals
But to avoid an escalation of the virus, the Government could accelerate measures to save Christmas from new lockdowns (last year Italy turned orange and red in those days) by anticipating the virus with a new provision on Covid that should see the light already this week (or at most next). And that it will provide for the extension of the vaccination obligation for healthcare professionals and staff working in the RSA: it will therefore also concern the third dose after that relating to the first vaccination cycle.
Towards cutting the duration of the green pass to 9 months
But, with the aim of speeding up the third doses (which proceed quite slowly at the average of 130 thousand daily administrations), the provision could also contain the extension of the obligation to show the green pass in restaurants and at work in 2022 (yes speculates until June). As well as the cut of the duration of the green certificate. The goal is to reduce it from 12 to 9 months. “On the duration of the 9 months I believe that in the next few days the Government could take a decision” confirmed the Undersecretary of Health, Andrea Costa, to Rainews24.
Moreover, the latest data published by the ISS reaffirm the decline in protection offered by the vaccine after six months, with the associated need to carry out a third dose as early as 6 months after the last injection. According to a table published in the latest ISS report, after 180 days the protection from infection (i.e. from contagion) drops to 50.2% (before 6 months it is on average 75.7%), while protection from ” severe disease “which again after 6 months is 82.1% (before 91.8%).