“We forerunners, now we have to run”

The increase in infections on a national scale raises the attention of the Ministry of Health. The protective effect of the high percentages of vaccinations, albeit very slowly (fortunately), is waning and the problem is no longer represented only by no vaxes. Only yesterday afternoon the councilor for health of the Lazio region, Alessio D’Amato, declared: “Out of 15 deaths reported today, nine had not performed any type of vaccination and no one had yet taken the booster dose. We cannot delay, with the virus does not mess around, it is necessary to do the booster dose “. In Lazio, according to yesterday’s data, 467 thousand third doses were administered.

A pressure to accelerate the booster dose also carried out by other regions and which has found a careful interlocutor in the Ministry of Health. So yesterday the Minister of Health Roberto Speranza announced that “the booster dose” against Covid-19 “is crucial to better protect us and those around us”, Speranza said. For this reason, “after the last opinion” of the Italian Medicines Agency (Aifa), “it will be possible to do it 5 months after the completion of the first cycle. Let’s all get vaccinated to be stronger”.

And the announcement found favor with councilor D’Amato: “The announcement to bring forward the recall of the vaccine to 150 days can only be agreed, we were precursors of this line among various skepticisms, including those of the experts. . Today we are satisfied with this opening on anticipation which we hope will be without age restrictions. Now we must rush and we await the ministerial circular with confidence “.

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At the moment the third dose is up to highly frail subjects, healthcare personnel, guests and RSA personnel and all over 40s who have taken the second dose for at least five months. In Lazio reservations for over 40s have been open since last week. An additional dose is provided for those who have been vaccinated with the Johnson & Johnson single dose. The vaccines administered are those with messenger RNA (Pfizer and Moderna) even for those who were initially vaccinated with AstraZeneca or with the single-dose J&J. Modern when used as a booster provides half dosage. Even those who have been vaccinated with Sputnik, Sinovac and Sinopharm will be able to participate in the new phase of the campaign: a single dose of Pfizer or Moderna.

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