There will be some consequence. Perhaps a few days of herd immunity shift, predicted by experts for August 20. The chaos over AstraZeneca’s recalls for those under 60 will not force a complete reshaping of the vaccination plan, but some adjustments will require it. Tomorrow a more precise assessment of the changes to the programming. Compulsory after the indication to make recalls with other brand drugs to those under 60 years of age. The “heterologous vaccination” will require extra doses of Pfizer and Moderna to recalibrate the plan. After a morning of announcements and then denials, Palazzo Lombardia at 1pm yesterday decided to put on standby the people under 60 who had to call yesterday with AstraZeneca and who are receiving an SMS with the announcement that the appointment will be reprogrammed. The day before he had joined the ministry’s appeal, yesterday he decided to stop everything for two days. Dozens of people have been sent back.
The agendas will have to be revised and it will take a few more dates to recover those who remained suspended between yesterday and today. After the death of the young Ligurian, Lombardy has adapted to the circular of the Minister of Health Roberto Speranza, having read the annex of the Aifa which confirmed the “recommendation” announced on Friday evening: “In the light of the circular of the Ministry of Health and connected Aifa opinion, the Lombardy Region will provide, for the administration of the second dose to citizens under 60, the heterologous vaccination, ie with Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.
The reorganization of the vaccination program will take place in the short time necessary on the basis of the vaccine doses available. “To establish the number of additional doses necessary to cover all those under 60 who took the first dose AstraZeneca, 186 thousand people who took the first dose of the Anglo-Swedish drug must have the recall in June and how many in July. The fact is that, in a region where over 100 thousand doses are made per day, where the aim is to make 140 thousand, and where it has reached over 7 millions of administrations made, it is not the 182 thousand people to reschedule in the span of 8 weeks, which shift all the plans.
There was also a phone call between the Vice President of the Region Letizia Moratti and Minister Speranza, around lunchtime, to clarify that Aifa’s technical opinion on the “recommendation” of the second heterologous dose came in part yesterday, in part will arrive in the next few days. This, to dispel any residual doubts. Lombardy, as it had not wanted to do the open days with AstraZeneca for young people, now wants to see more than clear on all the health aspects related to the administration of two different drugs to a person who is vaccinating against Covid.
“For us the AstraZeneca issue is not a problem, we have not been using it for some time because we do not have any in stock and it does not arrive”, say from the Policlinico that coordinates vaccinations in the large hubs of Scintille and Fiera Portello, in Milan, as well 15 thousand injections per day. “We have very few references to AstraZeneca, because school and law enforcement, who received it in February March, are now exhausted. And for two months we have been using Pfizer or Moderna for those under 60, especially women. .