According to the Lombardy Region plan, between Milan and the hinterland there are 5 Esselunga supermarkets that will become vaccination centers: via dei Missaglia and Rubattino in Milan and Pioltello, San Donato and Pantigliate in the hinterland. Three vaccine lines will be opened in each of them.
In addition, a new hub “with a maximum of 30 vaccination lines, of which at least 20 to be activated” will also be opened in the Milan-Garibaldi section. The spaces are all offered for free use, without a single euro of public money being paid, with the sole objective of injecting the third doses and bending the curve of infections and hospitalizations (in slow but steady growth for several weeks).
Given the availability of space, it is now a hunt for personnel. Ats Milano has published a call for tenders to identify accredited and contracted private bodies and general practitioners’ cooperatives willing to manage one of the centers set up in supermarkets and stations. Indeed, without health workers, hubs cannot open. The accredited bodies, alternatively, can create new centers that respect the limits set by the Region while, as a last resort, private non-contract and authorized or accredited socio-health structures will also be accepted.
To those who propose to manage the hubs, the Region asks to keep the vaccination lines open for at least 12 hours a day and six days a week, even if it would be preferable for the structures to work seven days a week.
The deadline for submitting proposals is Monday 6 December, the same day the super green pass will come into effect.
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