Italy aims to vaccinate the young with aim of reopening schools in autumn

People wait after receiving a shot inside the Acea vaccination center in Rome, Italy, 03 June 2021. [EPA-EFE/FABIO FRUSTACI]

With only 16% of those aged 12-18 having at least received the first COVID-19 dose, the president of the federation of medical orders, Filippo Anelli, said that “with the Delta variant, the recommendation is to get vaccinated soon, before the start of the new school year. In fact, like all community activities, the risk that new outbreaks can be created at school is very high.”

“What is happening is a typical trend in vaccination campaigns, above a certain threshold there is resistance to vaccinating, we expected it. Now it is necessary to put in place mechanisms of involvement of family doctors to determine a further push”, Anelli added.

As for the older and most vulnerable category in Italy, 2.5 million people are yet to be vaccinated. This includes 2.9% of those over 90 years old, 6.7% of 80-89 years old, 12% of 70-79, 17.8% of those between 60 and 69 years.

The Italian technical-scientific committee for the pandemic emergency (CTS) has thus invited authorities to focus the vaccination campaign on the elderly and the young. It is necessary “to achieve herd immunity, still pushing adults, children between 12 and 18 years old and the elderly”, Fabio Ciciliano, one of the members of the CTS, said on Sunday.

In total, almost 20 million Italians or over a third of the population have received their COVID-19 vaccination, with 53 million vaccinations already administered. according to data updated on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the COVID-19 infection rate continues to decrease, with only 808 infections and 12 deaths in the last 24 hours.

“Our country is going through a different phase, the vaccination campaign is continuing positively” with an average of 500,000 administrations per day, but we need “the utmost attention because of the presence of new variants that do not make us rest assured”, Health Minister Roberto Speranza said on Sunday.

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