Recall of the Covid vaccine to tourists. The proposal examined by the Regions for the administration of the second dose to tourists who make long stays causes the experts to argue that they are largely in favor of this hypothesis. Let’s see all the positions and advice of the experts.
“Vaccination on vacation is an option to keep in mind,” Pier Luigi Lopalco, epidemiologist and health councilor of the Puglia Region told Adnkronos Health. “Not so much for those who take short holidays, for which we can organize ourselves thanks to the elasticity that the vaccines available, but for people who spend a long period, perhaps in the region of origin. This is certainly the case in Puglia where many return for a month or two. To these people the vaccine must be guaranteed “.
“It will be a question – continues Lopalco – to ask the citizens what they do the second dose to bring the documentation of the first dose. And organize adequate spaces for people who have not been able in any way to move the second appointment to the Region of residence. They are people that we could consider temporarily as residents, as we have done for other categories in recent months “.
Second dose of Covid vaccine on vacation? “I am in favor, but there are two problems to overcome. First, it is necessary to foresee the ‘dialogue’ between the computer systems of the different Regions, to avoid errors and administer the right vaccine on the right day”. Secondly, Carlo Signorelli, Professor of Hygiene and Public Health at the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Milan, points out to Adnkronos Salute, it is also necessary “take into account the supply of doses and the necessary rebalancing “.
The strategy, however, is useful, continues the expert, “because it is necessary to create all possible conditions for people to get vaccinated. Right now, in fact, we have people who refuse the vaccine, or postpone it, because the second dose happens. on vacation. This is to be avoided in every way “.
For Signorelli, “it is necessary to make a plan of ‘vaccinations on vacation’ which must take into account the arrival of vaccines in the various regions. I believe that with a little effort it can be done. If a second dose booking system was set up for those on ‘off-site’ holidays, you might be able to hit the target. But we need to pay attention to the problem because it is not so simple and immediate “.
“When we talk about vaccinations in holiday resorts, we are faced with an important question: you cannot upset the calendars of second doses. And that is why a solution must be found today to allow the call to be made even outside one’s own Region“highlights to Adnkronos Salute Massimo Andreoni, scientific director of the Italian Society of Infectious and Tropical Diseases (Simit) and head of Infectious Diseases at the Tor Vergata Polyclinic in Rome.
“We are vaccinating adolescents – adds Andreoni – they are precisely the segment of the population that moves the most in the summer. So, in order to bring them with immunization when school resumes, we must be able to find solutions between Regions to allow to those who need to take the second dose in Sicily even if they live in Milan “.
“Second dose on vacation? You can,” virologist Fabrizio Pregliasco, professor at the State University of Milan, tells Adnkronos Salute. “The imperative is: let’s facilitate vaccination“. And anyway, Preglisco emphasizes,” there is flexibility for the recall. And it is proven that we must never anticipate, but postpone it is possible and maybe even gives better results. We have seen, for example, that Pfizer gives even better results with the 90-day recall. The goal, however – adds the virologist – is to speed up the vaccination campaign by extending it to as many people as possible. So we find those modalities of flexibility without exaggerating with extensions “.
“The possibility of having a vaccination booster at the vacation spot, provided that it is necessary to organize in such a way that there is no overcrowding with the residents, it is certainly an additional advantage to encourage people to take advantage of the vaccine “, said virologist Giovanni Maga, director of the Institute of Molecular Genetics, to Adnkronos Salute of the Cnr of Pavia, thus avoiding “cases in which there may be the inconvenience of interrupting the holiday, with the risk that people are tempted not to take the second dose or to postpone it”. the logistics are thought out in the most opportune way, perhaps involving the pharmacies, as has already been mentioned, and also the tourist medical service. I believe it is an option that can facilitate the management of the second dose. “