A decree could arrive next week to introduce the third dose obligation for healthcare personnel and RSA workers and some changes to the Covid-19 green certification
The pandemic situation in Italy it is getting worse. The new daily infections are on the rise and the presidents of the Region, in fear of new closures, are pressing the government to intervene with stricter ad hoc measures for those who are not vaccinated (and to protect those who have instead chosen to get immunized).
The control room will meet next week and a decree which will establish the recall obligation (the third dose for those who have made Pfizer or Moderna) for healthcare personnel and RSA workers. But changes to the green pass will also be included in the text, with a view to prevent generalized restrictions and reward those who have completed the vaccination cycle.
As Monica Guerzoni and Fiorenza Sarzanini write on Friday on Courier service
, some hypotheses of changes to the green pass are given for certain: the reduction of the duration of the certification, which will almost certainly go from 12 months to 9. On others, however, the discussion is still open: the validity or otherwise of the green pass obtained with the tampons to enter certain public places or access some services, for example, or the duration of the green pass obtained from the tampons (antigenic and molecular). Let’s see in detail the hypotheses on how the green pass can change.
The duration of the green pass: from 12 to 9 months
Green Covid-19 certification currently lasts 12 months for those who have completed the vaccination cycle. But the latest studies from the Higher Institute of Health show that the duration of vaccine protection decreases after 6 months from the administration of the second dose. Evidence that convinced the government to reflect on the measures to be taken to avoid an exponential resumption of infections. Next week, therefore, the control room will meet to approve the new decree that will set the new duration of the certification (9 months from the last inoculation) and will therefore have to provide for a modification of the Qr Code that generates the green Covid-19 certification.
Will the green pass still be valid with pads?
The game on the buffers front is still open: everything will be decided during next week’s control room, with the support of the Technical Scientific Committee. One of the hypotheses in the field is to eliminate the swab as a method for obtaining the green pass for access to public places and services: the tests (rapid and molecular antigenic) would continue to be valid but only to access the workplace (where from last October 15th it is mandatory to show the green pass in order to enter). It would therefore be a kind of reinforced green pass, which would imply a change to the VerificationC19 application, the app with which the validity of the green certification is checked. At the moment, in fact, it does not read the information related to the way in which the green pass was obtained (vaccination, recovery or negative result of a tampon) and in order to do so in all probability, a passage with the Privacy Guarantor will be necessary.
To go to the cinema, to the theater, to the stadium, to eat at the restaurant and bar, the vaccine may soon be necessary, if the government decides to support the rigorist front that does not want to drop the burden of restrictions about people who have decided to get immunized.
The life of the tampons
Here too the options are different: the main problem is related to the incomplete reliability of rapid antigenic agents and to the duration of the buffers (both rapid and molecular).
Among the hypotheses is that of totally eliminate the possibility of obtaining the green pass with rapid tests. Another possibility is to reduce the duration of the Covid-19 green certification obtained with this type of quick swab, passing it from the current 48 hours to 24 hours. Then there is the idea of also reducing the duration of the green pass obtained from molecular swabs, making it go down from 72 hours to 48. The reason? Many scientists believe that the time frame is too long and can lead to an increased risk of contagion.