Italy provides free and voluntary vaccination from January and will restrict travel to the maximum at Christmas


Voluntary and free vaccination for all Italians. Those are the plans of the Government of Giuseppe Conte that the Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza, announced this Wednesday, who also revealed that the restrictions will be maintained, in particular those related to travel, during the Christmas holidays in order to avoid a third wave in the pandemic.

“The vaccine will be provided free of charge to all Italians,” Speranza said during his speech before the Senate, defending that any inequality when supplying it is not “admissible” and that for the moment the Government has no intention of imposing its ” mandatory “.

“The objective is to achieve group immunity as soon as possible,” he explained, so the level of acceptance of citizens will be evaluated. According to Speranza, the Executive plans to acquire more than 200 million doses of the different vaccines that are being developed, enough to vaccinate all Italians and maintain a safety reserve. In addition, it has revealed that the Army will participate in its distribution.

On the other hand, the head of Health has let citizens know that there are still “other weeks of sacrifices” since “if we lower our guard, the third wave is just around the corner”, thus justifying that the Government has chosen for not easing some of the restrictions in the run-up to Christmas with an eye also to avoid “generalized lockdown.”

Since the measures adopted in the last weeks “are working” and the transmission index has been reduced, the Executive will maintain the division of the country into three zones classified by colors – red, orange and yellow – depending on the risk of contagion , the minister pointed out.

In addition, the Government has opted to reinforce the limitations in the face of Christmas. “It is necessary to limit as much as possible contacts between people,” he insisted. For this reason, “international travel will be discouraged, travel between regions will be limited, and on the most important holidays – December 25 and 26 and January 1 – travel between municipalities will also be limited,” he announced.

According to the Adnkronos agency, the Government will also prohibit travel to second residences as of December 21 and the curfew in force will not be modified from 10 p.m. during the Christmas holidays, while bars and restaurants may open as until now, only until 6:00 p.m.

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