30 million Italians or 56% of the population have completed vaccination against COVID-19, based on data updated on Sunday. However, there are 4.8 million over 50s and 2.7 million young people between the ages of 12 and 19 who have not yet taken the first dose of vaccine.
“There is still a long way to go, we are at the last mile and the doses are arriving on a regular basis”, said the Italian Commissioner for the COVID-19 emergency, Francesco Figliuolo, adding that it is important to vaccinate the young for two reasons: “we take away people who could still get sick and above all we block the circulation of the virus,” he said.
“The young people, who are the ones who socialise the most and are the ones who can carry the virus around and maybe spread it to fragments of a fragile population who for health reasons cannot get the vaccine,” he added.
Meanwhile, on Saturday, thousands of people – including pensioners, artisans and employees – took to the streets in many Italian cities to protest against the requirement of a vaccine passport to access events and public places, a measure that will enter into effect in Italy from 6 August.
The biggest demonstrations took place in Milan, Turin and Rome, where there was some disorder and clashes with the police. In Milan and Turin, demonstrators exhibited photos of Prime Minister Mario Draghi with a Hitler mustache, chanted slogans against the “health dictatorship.”
(Daniele Lettig | EURACTIV.it)