Italy requires all healthcare professionals to have COVID-19 shots

The Italian government has announced that all healthcare workers in the country will need to obtain a COVID-19 jab or be sanctioned.

Wednesday’s legislation approved by Mario Draghi’s cabinet states that healthcare workers, including pharmacists, “need to be vaccinated” and refuse to face the possibility of unpaid suspension. Is According to Reuters..

“The purpose of this measure is to protect both medical and emergency medical staff, as well as those in an environment at risk of infection, as much as possible,” the Italian government said in a statement. It was.

This move occurs after the COVID-19 cluster was discovered in a hospital after staff refused an injection in a country famous for its relatively high vaccine hesitation.Survey last fall found About 40% of Italian respondents said they did not want to risk the COVID-19 jab.

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Members of the medical staff wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) will take care of the patient on March 12, 2021 at the COVID-19 unit at the Boronini Hospital in Seriate, Bergamo, Italy. (Miguel Medina / AFP via Getty Images)

In the United States, by comparison, the December 2020 survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Vaccine Attitude Tracking project Told voters that 27% of the general public were vaccine hesitors and would certainly or probably not be shot.Another January Gallup poll Vaccine hesitation has shown that among US healthcare professionals and first responders, it is higher than workers in all industries and can serve as an agent for the general public.

According to a Gallup survey, 34% of healthcare workers and first responders said they did not agree with the shooting, 49% said they agreed with the shooting, and 18% were uncertain. The proportion of workers in all industries who have declared vaccination was 27%, the same as the proportion of the general population polled by the Kaiser Foundation a month ago.

In Italy, which has been vaccinated about 10 million times since late December, infectious diseases and deaths have revived last month, and authorities have tightened regulations.

The United States, the world leader in COVID-19 vaccination, has recently exceeded 100 million doses by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Announced on April 1st Record 3.38 million shots in one day.

However, despite advances in vaccination, new infections in the United States are on the rise, with Johns Hopkins data showing a seven-day moving average of daily infections now above 79,000 in March. It has increased from about 53,000.

At the White House health briefing earlier this week, both President Joe Biden and CDC director Dr. Rochelle Warrensky warned that too many Americans were easing the COVID-19 protocol. Was announced.

Warrensky said he felt “imminent ruin” in the increasing cases of COVID-19, but Biden could see a “fourth surge” in the United States if that continues. Said.

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Dr. Rochelle Warrensky, now director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said presidential candidate Joe Biden will announce candidates and appointments to serve his health and CCP virus response team at a press conference. , Remove the mask and talk. Transition Headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, December 8, 2020. (Kevin Lamarque / Reuters)

To combat COVID-19’s “malaise”, persuade people not to mitigate mitigation measures, and overcome vaccine hesitation, the Biden administration has worked with influential people such as communities, religions, and celebrity partners. We continue to work together to spread the word.

In addition to encouraging Americans to get the COVID-19 jab, a coalition of “trusted influencers” that includes athletes, doctors, businessmen, and faith-based community leaders says people shouldn’t give up. Continue to promote the message Social distance, wearing masks, etc.