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Italy wants to vaccinate the population of smaller islands

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Before the approaching holiday season, Italy wants to get the population of its small Mediterranean islands free of corona. From Friday, mass vaccinations against Covid-19 are to begin on Capraia, southwest of the Tuscan city of Livorno, and the Aeolian Islands, northwest of the Sicilian city of Messina, according to the plan of the extraordinary commissioner for the corona emergency. In total, the government plans to vaccinate people on around thirty of these smaller islands.

As on Capraia, where only about 330 people live, the population of many of these islands and also the local health facilities are small. In addition, the often popular holiday destinations are difficult to reach. The aim is therefore to have as few vaccine deliveries as possible, as the Corona commissioner further announced. The operations are supported by the military and the civil protection authorities.

Other vacation regions feel disadvantaged

Larger islands like Capri are already further in the vaccination campaign. According to reports from the Ansa news agency, almost 80 percent of those over 16 are immunized there. There had been repeated disputes about vaccination for all age groups on islands like Capri or Ischia. Holiday areas on the mainland saw themselves at a disadvantage in terms of tourism if the islands in front of them were considered corona-free.

Italy is targeting June 2nd for the official start of the summer season. How exactly the regulations for immigrants, including those who have been vaccinated, will look like in June is not yet entirely clear. In principle, holidays in Italy are possible, but the country still requires a quarantine of five days upon entry. In addition, multiple tests apply – with a PCR test or a rapid antigen test before and after entry. This regulation runs until mid-May.

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