For three days the new cases have exceeded ten thousand in Italy, the Covid bulletin today marks 10,544 infections in 24 hours and 48 deaths have. Numbers far lower than those that are scourging much of Europe, with Germany grappling with a fourth wave that has already filled intensive care and Austria forced to launch the lockdown for the unvaccinated to stem the rush of the virus. By comparison, the Italian numbers, albeit constantly growing, “do not worry in an extreme way but deserve a lot of attention” he underlines Franco Locatelli, president of the Superior Health Council and coordinator of the Scientific Technical Committee.
The regions that are subject to close monitoring include the Friuli Venezia Giulia and the Veneto. But they are not entirely averted possible passages in the yellow zone or, worse, red micro-zones. What if the numbers get worse? For Locatelli there is a range of options to be implemented, even if the choices to be made wisely belong to politics. Among the possible options is that di bring the recall of the third dose from the current 6 months to 5 months. “In Israel – points out Locatelli – the anticipated booster dose has greatly reduced viral circulation”. But that is not all. In addition to the further acceleration on third doses, among the various options there would also be that of considering forms of vaccination obligation for some professional categories, in particular those who assist or are in contact with the public, for example, in addition to health workers, law enforcement agencies, public administration employees and teachers, while registering these categories an already high percentage of immunized. According to Locatelli, the extension of the vaccine to all, model Austria, would be “a‘extreme option “.
An expansion of the audience of vaccinated subjects would also be linked to the green light from Ema and Aifa, to the immunization campaign for the under 12s. Locatelli, in the wake of experts and associations of pediatricians in favor of vaccination of children between 5 and 11 years old, explained that children must be protected “from severe or prolonged, rare but still present forms of Covid-19. Children must also be vaccinated to ensure continuous school attendance and protect their social spaces. The safety profile of vaccines a mRna – he concluded – is absolutely reassuring. Current data say that the greatest increase in infections occurred in the pediatric age group 6-11 years, which is the one in which vaccination has not started “.
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