On vaccines in Italy, Commissioner Francesco Paolo Figliuolo urges the Regions to do more to involve general practitioners, pharmacists and other operators. “I believe it necessary to invite Regions and Autonomous Provinces to gradually increase the contribution insured” by general practitioners, pediatricians of free choice, pharmacists and other operators of the National Health Service “to daily vaccinations, keeping in the intermediate and transition phase of development of the plan, the vaccination hubs are fully operational “, writes the extraordinary commissioner for the Covid-19 emergency in the ‘Guidelines for the continuation of the vaccination campaign’, sent yesterday to the ministers of Health and Regional Affairs, to the president of the Conference of Regions and to all Governors. “At a later stage, in anticipation of any further recalls, it will be necessary to evaluate the possibility of bringing vaccination activity as much as possible into the bed of all the ordinary structures of the National Health Service, involving all general practitioners pediatricians of free choice, pharmacists and other NHS operators, in order to create a sustainable and stable system of vaccinations over time, without having to resort to emergency measures “, writes Figliuolo. In the introduction to the invitation, Figliolo notes that “the number of general practitioners, pediatricians of free choice, pharmacists and other NHS operators who have expressed their willingness to join the vaccination campaign is already considerable and would make it possible to significantly increase the ability to daily inoculation, while taking due account of the major logistical difficulties associated with the distribution and storage of vaccines, to the solution of which the Ordinance of the Ministry of Health of 20 May ‘Traceability of containers of vaccine bottles’ contributed significantly ” , which, in particular, allows wholesalers and local pharmacies, where requested by the Region or the Autonomous Province, to exceptionally hold and transport the vaccine bottles in the containers provided by the hospital pharmacies of the health facilities, suitably traced by affixing a code.
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