While we continue to discuss the Green Pass, which many see as a not too disguised vaccination obligation, a fact alarms the health authorities: there are over 17 million Italians still without vaccines and therefore discovered in the face of Covid-19
“It is useless to create confusion around the Green Pass. Alarmism is harmful for citizens, tourism and for the whole economy as a whole”, he tries to calm the minds. Massimo Garavaglia. “The Green Pass only makes sense to enter a discotheque or stadium or to participate in large events, which involve a large number of visitors”, adds the Minister of Tourism and Cultural Heritage.
Despite these reassurances, Italians still seem rather skeptical. Our compatriots who have completed the two doses of the vaccine are 27,120,766, equal to 50.21% of the over 12 population. The under 12s, at least for now, cannot get vaccinated, even if some scientists begin to be lukewarm on this point.
The figure emerges from the report of the anti-Covid commissioner structure, updated at 6:09 am on Monday 19 July, while at 17.00 on Friday 16 25,988,014 Italians had received the double dose, equal to 48.12% of the over 12 population. The administration of the first doses is however less than 100,000 per day and this is a further critical element.
ABOVE ALL THE OVER 60 RANGE IS WORRIED
31% of those over 12 have not yet received even a dose. In addition, there are 10 million people who have received only the first inoculation: better than nothing, but as is now known there is very little to protect themselves in the face of Delta variant, increasingly widespread also in Italy.
The figure for the Lombardy, where the councilor Letizia Moratti enthusiastically flaunted 70% of vaccinations: probably he was referring to bookings, because the actual inoculations are little more than 47% of the total population (compared to the 49% touched not only by Lazio, but also by Molise). The problem, throughout the Italian territory, mainly concerns the Over 60s, for which a decrease in bookings has been observed for a few weeks now: there are 2.2 million people in this age group, moreover particularly delicate, still totally unvaccinated.
THE AVERAGE AGE OF INFECTIONS FALLS: SCHOOL AT RISK
At the same time, the average age of infections has dropped considerably, also because the warm season and the drop in restrictions favors social life, especially of the youngest, who have had to slow down for a long time. In the 12/19 age group, only 28% of citizens have been vaccinated with one or two doses, a factor that favors the circulation of the virus. This raises serious doubts about the possibility of carrying out the next school year in person. Given the permanence of two critical points (the limits of public transport and the scarcity of alternative physical spaces to the classrooms), if the contagion curve continues to rise, it will become inevitable in return to distance learning, even in “mixed” form, that is with groups alternating between class and remote lessons.
Vaccines are still allowing those who get sick to develop less severe symptoms, reducing hospitalizations and in particular the use of intensive care. On Sunday 18 July, the places occupied in intensive care were 156, or -6 compared to the previous week. This is certainly a positive sign, but it does not completely exclude the risk of a return to lockdown, even in localized form: France, which anticipated us in the choice of the Green Pass, is talking about it explicitly to contain the various outbreaks that are developing. In the background, moreover, there is the controversial “Freedom day” decided by Great Britain which, according to several scientists, will have negative consequences not only for His Majesty’s subjects, but for all of Europe.