Reinforced green pass – or Super green pass – at work, for public and private employees over 50. The obligation starts tomorrow, Tuesday 15 February. But what do the experts think? From Gismondo to Pregliasco passing through Abrignani: this is what the experts think.
Triggering the obligation of the Super Green pass at work for the over 50s at this stage is “perhaps a stretch”. This is the reflection of Maria Rita Gismondo, director of the Laboratory of clinical microbiology, virology and diagnostics of bio-emergencies at the Sacco hospital in Milan, on the eve of the entry into force of the obligation for workers over 50 to obtain a ‘reinforced’ green certificate. “The vaccination against Covid-19 has given excellent results – he underlines – But beyond confirming this evidence, I believe that today, with a number of unvaccinated now truly limited, from the point of view of the social order” the obligation of a Super Green pass at work for the over 50s is “perhaps a stretch”. “At this point – underlines the expert at Adnkronos Salute – I think we should make a risk-benefit balance also in terms of social order, which we risk not maintaining”.
“The obligation is an element that wants to guarantee, albeit in a phase of relative reassurance” of Covid infections, “a vaccination base for as many people as possible. In my opinion, the rationale for insisting on vaccination is a necessity” , but imposing it in order to work “is a choice of politics”, the tools to reach the goal “are political choices”. Thus the virologist Fabrizio Pregliasco, professor at the University of Milan, at Adnkronos Salute, on the eve of the entry into force of the reinforced Green pass obligation for workers over 50, which will result in the suspension from work of 500 thousand non-immunized people. “The prospect is that this virus will remain with us and this winter – the expert predicts – after a quiet summer there will be another wave, perhaps not relevant. This is why it is important to arrive at the next season with the greatest number of people. also because – he stresses – even the vaccination strategy will change. A fourth-fifth dose for everyone is impossible. It will become a vaccination strategy equal to that of influenza, therefore recommended, not mandatory, and targeted on fragile subjects and subjects at risk ” .
“The initiation of the obligation of the anti Covid vaccine for the over 50s is a procedure to further stem the viral circulation in a situation in which we certainly record a decline in the curve but we are not yet safe”. For public health, in fact, “the current number of unvaccinated people is not insignificant. In Italy the pool of susceptible people is still large enough to produce new cases. And if there are over a million unprotected people in the age groups. age at greater risk these can generate new cases “. She explains it to Adnkronos Salute, Stefania Salmaso, of the Italian Association of Epidemiology on the eve of the entry into force for the vaccination obligation of over 50s. “Rules like this, which sanction an imposition, are useful because they send a strong and clear message that there is still a risk,” she adds. “We are – continues Salmaso – in a phase of reducing infections but we still have many cases a day. And before reaching a level of safety – we remember that last summer we cited 50 cases per 100 thousand as a threshold level not to be exceeded in order to manage the epidemic, while today we are just under a thousand cases out of 100 thousand – even if we have a rate of decrease of 30% per week, it will take time. We are in a situation where the risk remains “. “We still have a few weeks ahead in which viral circulation will be sustained, because we are still contagious, with a more vaccinated population we would have had fewer problems”, she concludes.
“The requirement” of anti-Covid vaccination “will make sense as long as the virus circulates, and I have the impression that it will last for years. I would like to emphasize that it is not just about the individual, but about the whole community and the only way out from the pandemic. The over-50s, for example, are 27 million, of which almost 2 million are unvaccinated. The latter, 7%, represent 70% of those in intensive care. It is not just a problem for them, but for hospitals and others sick people who do not find a place “. For Sergio Abrignani, member of the technical-scientific committee for the coronavirus emergency and full professor of Immunology at the State University of Milan, the various obligations, such as that for the over 50s at work, are still useful. “In my opinion, yes, but these are political choices that I do not enter. From a scientific point of view I can say that vaccination is a fundamental tool. Then I was obliged when it wasn’t there, let alone now”, he explains in an interview with ‘La Stampa’.
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