TRENTO. To keep the promise to achieve herd immunity by September, the Italian health authorities should to be able to administer about 500 thousand doses of the vaccine against Sars-CoV-2 per day. In the past seven days, however, they have been nationwide inoculate 417.028 doses per day, net of the acceleration recorded in recent weeks the pace is not yet sufficiently sustained to reach the objectives set don the Figliuolo floor. In tal senso Trentino seems to have adopted a strategy of its own to comply with the objectives of the Figliuolo plan focusing mainly on the administration of the first doses and postponing the appointments for the recall. In a way, by adopting a strategy that it could be compared to that of the UK.
On the other hand Antonio Ferro director of prevention department dof the Trentino health authority, as president of the Italian Society of Hygiene, Preventive Medicine and Public Health in March it was clear: “Those who they have had an infection gives Covid they must receive a single dose after at least 4 months from the healing pad “. Furthermore, Ferro added: “It is necessary to evaluate the possibility of offering a single dose of vaccine to the population between 65 and 79 years in order to be able to quickly cover this age cohort ”.
It is not clear whether these suggestions are actually being followed in Trentino but certainly the second doses administered are very few compared to the total. To confirm this, there would also be the message that in mid-April was delivered to many usersi who had the recall has already been booked is that they had their appointment postponed around the 42nd day. A decision he had raised not a few controversies, also because with regard to the possibility of extending the time interval between the first and second administration of vaccines at mRna il Government Scientific Technical Committee he reiterated “that the optimal interval between doses is, respectively, 21 days for the Comirnaty vaccine (Pfizer / BioNTech ed) and 28 days for the Modern Covid-19 vaccine. However, if it is necessary to delay the second dose by a few days, it is not possible in any case to exceed the interval of 42 days for both mRna vaccines “.
Anyway, aanalyzing the data made available by theHealthcare company as of May 2, in Trentino, 183,673 doses were administered, of which 42,410 second doses (i.e. about 23% of the total). According to data from the Ministry of Health, the change in strategy has taken place around mid-April, ever since the number of second doses administered was significantly reduced and in those days many users were notified of the postponement of the appointment for the recall. Between April 15 and May 2, 53,948 doses were administered in Trentino, of which 1,455 second doses doses, this means that the latter represent just 2.69% of the total. Consequently, it seems evident that in the last few weeks Trentino has intervened to change the trend of administration.
Unlike in South Tyrol, in the same period (April 15-May 2), the second doses administered continue to account for about 20% of the total, numbers that reflect more or less what is also happening in the other Regions. To all intents and purposes, Trentino seems to be the only territory to have concentrated on administering the first doses.
Probably it is too early to know if the Trentino strategy be the winning one and only an analysis conducted over the medium to long term will be able to verify this. Precisely cwho receives the first dose can still count on protection (albeit partial) from Sars-CoV-2: in other words it remains possible to get sick but in the vast majority of cases the possible infection affects in a mild form. In this way, however, it is possible to “protect” more people and reduce the circulation of the virus.
At the moment though, according to the data collected by the Ministry of Health and published by Gedi Visual, the Province of Trento has slipped to the last place in the ranking of second doses administered in relation to the population. In fact, only 7.7% of the population received both doses, while i Trentino they got at least one administration are 34.37%. This is also a modest achievement that relegates the Province of Trento to the last positions (Bolzano is in seventh place) in one ranking dominated by Liguria, Molise and Emilia-Romagna. In Liguria, for example, 40.69% of the population received at least one dose while 13.03% achieved complete vaccination coverage.