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Italian health official: the implementation of a mandatory vaccination policy should not be ruled out

Italy has vaccinated about 180,000 doses. Cabinet amended the post-holiday pandemic prevention order.

A medical worker wearing a face make and protection gear tends to a patient inside the new coronavirus intensive care unit of the Brescia Poliambulanza hospital, Lombardy, on March 17, 2020. (Photo by Piero CRUCIATTI / AFP)

December 15 According to a report quoted by the European Union News Agency by the European Network, the Italian Ministry of Civil Defense reported on the 14th that the cumulative number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country has increased to 1,855,737, with a total of 65,011 deaths. Starting in January 2021, Italy plans to start mass coronavirus vaccinations and name it the “Spring Flower” program. Health officials say that if the vaccination rate is not ideal, the implementation of a mandatory vaccination policy cannot be ruled out.

On the 14th local time, the cabinet of the Italian government met again to deploy epidemic prevention and control during the festival. Government sources said that in the next two days, the government will again present the temporary epidemic prevention decree during Christmas and the New Year.

According to the government cabinet opinion, within two days of Christmas and the New Year, the country will uniformly implement high-risk control measures for the red epidemic and prohibit people from traveling across cities and regions.

At present, the government cabinet is considering how to regulate the scope of urban population movement during the festival, appropriately relax the control of towns with less than 5,000 people, and expand the travel range of residents to 30 kilometers.

For the epidemic prevention and control of festivals, the government cabinet prefers to further quantify and tighten restrictions on the basis of Germany’s epidemic prevention model.

Cileri, Italy’s deputy minister of health, said that the National Drug Administration will strictly review the vaccine data, and he believes that the public will actively participate in the COVID-19 vaccination process.

However, if the vaccination rate of the coronavirus vaccine still cannot reach 30% to 40% in the next year or later, the government must re-examine the vaccination policy.

Sileri stressed that if vaccination efforts fail to achieve the expected results after a year and a half, the government should consider adopting legislation to enforce the vaccination against the novel coronavirus in order to ensure public health and the health of the people.

Acuri, director of Italy’s National Coronavirus Emergency Committee, said that appropriate measures must be taken to do a good job in epidemic prevention and control during the festival, avoid repeating the lessons of the rebound caused by the lifting of the ban on summer tourism, and prepare for the implementation and promotion of vaccination after the holiday.

Akuli pointed out that the government has named the coronavirus vaccination the “Welcome Spring Flower” program. From January 2021, about 1,500 temporary venues with the sign of “Welcome Spring Festival” will be built in squares and parks across the country to carry out large-scale coronavirus vaccination for the people and do a good job in popular vaccination.

Italian Prime Minister Conte said that “Spring Flowers” means that everything is beginning to recover, and we will use “Recover as Spring Flowers Bloom” as a propaganda slogan to promote coronavirus vaccination, marking Italy’s rebirth with “Spring Flowers”.

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