Rome – The debate on the requirement for anti-Covid vaccination is ignited while the extraordinary commissioner, Francesco Figliuolo, ensures that the goal of vaccinating 80% of the population over 12 “will be fully completed by September 30th“and announcing the arrival of over 5 million new doses.
News in sight also on the front of the Green pass, whose validity could be extended to 12 months. On Friday, the CTS will meet to examine the request from the Ministry of Health regarding the possibility of extending the duration of the green certificate, which is currently valid for 9 months. Among the hypotheses under study, precisely that of lengthening it up to a year starting from the administration of the second dose and for the recovered.
The change could take place on the occasion of the conversion in the Chamber of the decree of 6 August: the executive could present – according to government sources – an amendment for the extension of the green certificate. The discussion will then pass to the Senate where it is expected to end by mid-September. In line with the timing of a third dose decision by regulatory bodies.
To talk about third dose also the Minister of Health Roberto Speranza who from the stage at the Festa dell’Unità in Pesaro explained: “Surely it will have to be done, but first we must focus on those who have not yet undergone the first dose of the vaccine” and added “presumably we will start the third lap from the most fragile “.
Meanwhile, while the administration resumes after the physiological slowdown of August, the obligation to vaccinate becomes a terrain of political confrontation. “We ask for salivary swabs for everyone – said the leader of the League, Matteo Salvini – I am against any obligation, any fine or discrimination. Italians respond well to vaccination”. According to the president of the Liguria Region, Giovanni Toti, “the vaccination obligation is the last resort. If within a few days we reach a vaccination coverage of the most exposed categories of at least 80%, perhaps we will be able to do without it”. Even the Undersecretary for Health, Andrea Costa, is of the same opinion and “talking about it today risks radicalizing the debate and fueling the conflict”.
The Minister of Public Administration, Renato Brunetta, has been determined: “If a vaccination coverage of at least 80% is not achieved, it will be necessary to pass to compulsory law”. Green disc to the obligation of vaccination by the National Committee of Biosafety, Biotechnology and Life Sciences of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers: “As part of the opinion and proposal activities, while leaving the synthesis of the positions and the executive methods to the Government – it is emphasized – we express a favorable opinion and hope that vaccination is mandatory, with specific reference to those who perform functions public and activities that put the citizen in close contact with other subjects and with the obvious exclusion of risk situations of possible post-vaccination pathology “.
Along the same lines, the Council of Bioethics. To say the president Maurizio Mori: “we are in favor of the obligation of the anti-Covid vaccine for everyone. Indeed, it is a right of the citizen”.
AND vaccinations resume in Italy after the slowdown in mid-August, with over 300,000 carried out yesterday (since it had not been reached since before 13 August). Starting tomorrow, the national vaccination campaign will be able to count on deliveries to the Regions and Autonomous Provinces of over 5.3 million doses between Pfizer and Moderna. However, the data on infections remain: 6,076 positives in the last 24 hours (yesterday there were 4,168) with 60 victims in one day. The positivity rate is 2.28%, down from 4.11% yesterday. The current positives are 135,325, down 230 cases in the last 24 hours.
In anticipation of Friday’s monitoring, it remains the concern for Sicily, Sardinia and Calabria to cover the beds. According to Agenas data, Sardinia and Sicily (with 11%) are over the 10% threshold envisaged for intensive. Sardinia also reaches a share of 14% (+2) in the occupancy rate of the departments, a breath away from the maximum threshold. Sicily, in the medical area, is stable at 19% but in any case over the threshold. In the intensive also the numbers of Umbria grow to 9% (+ 1%) and Calabria to 6% (+ 1%), which also to 15% in the medical area. Italy grows overall at 6% (+ 1%) in the intensive and is at 7% in the medical area.