ROME, Italy — Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza confirmed that the government will make anti-Covid vaccine booster shots available to three million people in the most at-risk categories beginning next week. The decision arrives on the heels of a meeting with coronavirus emergency commissioner Francesco Figliuolo.
He said third doses will be offered first to those with suppressed immune systems, such as cancer patients and transplant recipients – some three million people in Italy, news agency Ansa reports.
After that, the third round of the vaccination campaign will focus on care home residents and healthcare workers, Speranza added.
The administration of third vaccine doses are supported by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), which stated in its latest September report that the provision of additional shots should “remain the current priority” in the EU and EEA.
The coronavirus infection rate remains relatively low in Italy at the moment, with 4,021 cases recorded on Tuesday and numbers dropping overall since September 1st.
The decision to begin a third dose in Italy was first announced at a press conference on September 3rd, which was also confirmed by Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi.
Reported by Andrew Mitchell for Woodlawn Post World