Italians to get boosters five months after second shot

Although the situation in Italy is not the hardest hit in Europe, the country is facing a fourth wave where cases are progressively rising. [Shutterstock / Wachiwit]

The minimum period to get a booster shot after taking two doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna or AstraZeneca vaccine, or the Johnson & Johnson single-dose, will be five months instead of six, according to a letter published Tuesday by the director-general of disease prevention at the health ministry, Giovanni Rezza.

Although the situation in Italy is not the hardest hit in Europe, the country is facing a fourth wave where cases are progressively rising. It recorded 10,047 new COVID-19 cases and 83 deaths in the last 24 hours on Tuesday.

To contain rising cases, the council of ministers is set to meet Wednesday to discuss new measures, a government source told the ANSA agency. These include making vaccines mandatory for specific categories such as medical staff, imposing restrictions on the unvaccinated, and determining the validity of COVID certificates.

Public Administration Minister Renato Brunetta is hoping to impose restrictions on the unvaccinated. According to him, they should only be able to work if they present a valid COVID certificate validated by a negative test and should not be allowed to go to “restaurants and theatres”. Brunetta also hopes the campaign for a third COVID-19 vaccine will help halt the infection rate.

third COVID-19 dose will be available for those in the 40-60 age group from 1 December.

(Eleonora Vasques | EURACTIV.com)

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