“This pandemic is destined to last for years. If we vaccinate a lot, we have the chance to see the light in 2022. If we do not vaccinate enough, this situation continues until 2024. Is it conceivable to live like this until that date? No. Why beyond that there will also be consequences on the economy due to health consequences “. To tell Adnkronos Health Walter Ricciardi, advisor to the Minister of Health Roberto Speranza and professor of Hygiene at the Catholic University of Rome.
There is discussion in these hours on the extension of the green pass up to 12 months. “Since we have found that the protection given by the anti-Covid vaccination lasts longer than the six months initially observed, reaching 9 and even 12 months, it is clear that it is appropriate to consider extending the validity of the Green pass. This does not mean to say, however, that we must not provide a booster dose, first, for the most fragile people. The two interventions are not in contradiction with each other but are to be considered synergistic “, he says.
“It is right – reiterates Ricciardi – to consider the extension of the Green pass, in the certainty that people remain protected, because we are gradually accumulating data according to which the protection is more prolonged than we initially thought. But it is unthinkable that this is true in the most vulnerable people. This is why it is important to consider, at the same time, different strategies for healthy people who have a protective antibody response even after some time and for people who have less protection “.