10. October 2021 – 09:00
Italy achieves goal of fully vaccinating 80% of people over 12 years
Italy has according to official information, achieved the goal of fully vaccinating 80% of the population aged 12 and over against COVID-19, thereby achieving a goal that Rome had set as a safety demarcation point, as government data showed on Sunday.
< p> According to a government website, 43,229,551 people over 12 out of a total population of around 60 million had completed their vaccination cycle on October 10th.
The 80 percent target was set in March by the Special Envoy for the COVID Emergency, Army General Francesco Paolo Figliuolo, and reached on October 9th.
“This is a critical value that experts say about – and the trend we’ve been recording for weeks – that the risk of hospitalization is drastically reduced, “said the commissioner’s office.
< p> Guido Rasi, former director of Europ The ean Medicines Agency (EMA) and current advisor to Figliuolo said it was “not just a symbolic threshold”.
“It is a value that, as calculations show, correlates with a significant reduction in the spread of the virus and a drastic cut in hospital admissions.”
Rasi added that the reduction the number of hospital admissions is vital to Italy’s economic recovery and to support the country The healthcare system is once again focusing on non-COVID-related services.
Achieving the goal of However, 80% is not enough, according to the Commissioner’s advisor.
“We will continue to have to reach other thresholds: either percentages above 80% if we continue to vaccinate children 12 years, or 80% of the total population ng, including 5 to 12 years old, “he said.
Hospital admissions for COVID in Italy have steadily declined since early summer.
< Italy has registered 131,274 deaths related to COVID-19 since its outbreak last February, the second highest number in Europe after the UK and the ninth highest in the world. The country has reported 4.7 million cases so far.