Vaccination obligation in Europe, there is the plan. What Italy does

Vaccination obligation: the choice is made by the individual states

Of course von der Leyen speaks according to the line of the European Commission, but the EU cannot impose anything in this sense .: the choice remains within the individual member states. “If you ask me what my personal position is – continued von der Leyen – two or three years ago I never thought I’d see what we are seeing now. We have a horrible pandemic, we have vaccines that save lives, but they are not used in adequate way everywhere. Therefore, this is a huge health cost. If we look at the numbers, we now have 77% of the adults vaccinated in the EU, and if we take the total population it is 66%, which means that one third of the European population it is not vaccinated. There are 150 million people: there are many “.

Of course, he continued, “not everyone can be vaccinated: very young children, for example, or people in special health conditions, but the vast majority could be. Therefore, I think it is understandable and appropriate to conduct this discussion now, on how can we encourage and potentially think about compulsory vaccination within the EU. This is why we need to discuss. We need a common approach, but I think – he said again – that it is a discussion that must be held “.

Vaccination obligation and Omicron variant

Omicron variant chapter: the contracts signed by the European Commission with the pharmaceutical companies for the supply of anti Covid vaccines provide for the possibility that the preparations are “adapted” to the variants of Sars-CoV-2, a process that would take about “one hundred days” .

“In the event that we see – said von der Leyen – that the Omicron variant of Sars-CoV-2 does not fully respond to vaccination, we have precautionary measures in place. The scientists are already working on it. In the contracts we have the possibility to update the Vaccines. Scientists tell us it takes about 100 days “to adapt a vaccine to the variant. The Commission, he continued, is also working with the EMA to “speed up” the authorization of updated drugs. “Basically, we hope for the best, preparing for the worst.”

Vaccination obligation, Germany is moving

The Germany goes towards vaccination obligation and lockdown for the unvaccinated. It is the result of a summit between Chancellor in pectore Olaf Scholz, who said he was in favor of the vaccination obligation, Chancellor Angela Merkel and the governors of the Laender. A new summit is scheduled for Thursday 2 December. There Greece instead he announced the government’s decision to introduce compulsory vaccination for all Greeks over the age of 60.

Vaccination obligation, Draghi slows down

For the moment, Italy has chosen a prudent position on the issue, aware that health risks must also be balanced in terms of social stability. The intention is to wait for the effects that the super green pass and the other anti Covid regulations will have in force from 6 December. After all, some effect has already been had, with the increase in requests for the first dose. And in any case, the provision already provides for the obligation to:

  • the administrative staff of health,
  • teachers and school administrative staff,
  • the military,
  • the police force
  • public aid from 15 December

However, as he always said Draghi, the Italian government is ready at any time to queue up in case of extreme necessity, that is to avoid generalized closures and lockdowns.

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