Italy, booster vaccinations 5 months after completion of vaccination

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The interval between the completion of the COVID-19 vaccine in Italy and the booster vaccination is expected to be reduced from the current 6 months to 5 months.

Italy’s Health Minister Roberto Speranza posted on his Twitter on the night of the 22nd (local time), “According to the Italian Medicines Agency’s opinion, additional vaccinations will be possible after five months from the completion of vaccination.”

This means that the booster vaccination interval will be shortened by one month from now.

The health authorities have issued guidelines related to this to local governments, and they will be applied from tomorrow in local time.

In Italy, starting in September, booster vaccinations were first started to strengthen immunity for the elderly over 60 years of age, immunocompromised people, and medical and health workers.

As of yesterday, the number of people who received booster vaccination was 4.12 million, 6.8% of the total population.

From the 1st of the next month, the target of booster vaccination will be expanded to those over 40 years of age.

Health authorities are preparing follow-up quarantine measures under the judgment that additional vaccinations should be implemented as quickly as possible to prevent the re-spreading of the virus in winter.

The plan to shorten the validity period of the ‘Green Pass’, a vaccine pass widely used in daily life from 12 months to 9 months, is to issue a Green Pass only to those who have tested negative for COVID-19 and those who have been vaccinated and those who have immunity after being infected with COVID-19. etc. are being considered.

Currently, the primary vaccination rate in Italy is 78.1% of the total population, and the completion rate is 75.9%.

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Reference-news.sbs.co.kr

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