Covid vaccination: Stop fresh registration of healthcare workers, govt tells states

Rodiano Bonacci
Aprile 4, 2021

Travel between regions and visits to relatives were being limited through Monday.

Authorities hope the restrictions will limit travel and gatherings over the weekend as the country battles against a spike in infections.

"People are exhausted, but they are aware that protecting health is essential in these times", said Major Fabio Palletta of the Carabinieri military police.

The chief minister, who is himself working from isolation after testing positive for COVID-19 on March 22, asked officials to ramp up testing in view of the ongoing Kumbh Mela in Haridwar and make arrangements required for the safety of people during the forthcoming "Char Dham Yatra" season. An additional 21,000 infections were reported Saturday in Italy, along with 376 dead.

"Since the time the lockdown started and the country eased it gradually, even officers and employees of the information department have been constantly involved in communication and spreading awareness about correct information in tasks related to fighting COVID-19", the government said.

An estimated 87% of Italy's newest cases have been traced to the highly contagious Kent variant first detected in the UK. "This issue was discussed with state representatives and domain knowledge experts in the NEGVAC meeting today, and as per the recommendation of National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for Covid-19 (NEGVAC), it has been decided that no fresh registrations in categories of HCWs and FLWs will be allowed with immediate effect".

Italians, however, are upset over the country's stumbling vaccination campaign, which despite having promised to prioritize older people has left many of Italy's eldest, most vulnerable people behind while teachers, police officers and other professional workers get their jabs.

A husband and wife reunited in Italy after receiving Covid vaccinations. "We'll note them, and then we'll fix them together". He said the criticism of the regional effort was "nauseating".

Italy has administered 10.8 million vaccines nationwide, though only 3.3 million of the country's 60 million people have received both doses. Lombardy, which counts one-sixth of the population and has long prided itself on its healthcare system, has administered 1.7 million doses.

Altre relazioniGrafFiotech

Discuti questo articolo

Segui i nostri GIORNALE