Colorful flashes behind the curtains in the houses of Thessaloniki, the open televisions multiplied in the evenings, the first weekend of autumn when the city crossed the threshold of restrictive measures.
The time of recovery of social life proved to be short, the manifestation of the pandemic led to a recurrence, the normality was not proposed to come of age and now Thessaloniki, another 262, known cases on Saturday, 288 on average per day, is closed at home by one at dawn until 6 in the morning, with no music anywhere, no time of day, and the streets deserted, swept by the blue light of patrols blocking those who violate the ban.
Greece again, as last year, at the same time, but without then having known the latest version of the pandemic expression, the Delta mutation which, as if acquiring endemic characteristics, began to cause cracks in the foundations of the NSS, were divided into two.
How much more no one knows, as the images in Thessaloniki go back in time, paradoxically since the causality does not seem to be violated, as everything that was simmering for weeks now, found a way out, with ambulance rows to make way for hospitalized only, more and more every day, so that the first weekend of October to reach the point where all the beds in the ICU are full, the state is thinking of opening new Units for the victims of the coronavirus, most of whom are The
For the scientists, who saw after the summer that the reluctance to vaccinate people spread in northern Greece and the path of the mutation that must be paved with rose petals, the invocation of the term wall of immunity, had already taken on the characteristics of Manichaean homology.
It was clear that the low vaccination rates of the general population were directly related to the increasing average of cases per day, as a similar phenomenon was not observed in other areas and in Attica, where the rates may not have claimed a place in the background but were sufficiently higher.
So, as Thessaloniki follows Athens within breathing distance in cases of new outbreaks of anxiety and concern, the flu virus was also proposed, they are consolidating in areas that have already been circled with a red marker on the epidemiological map of the country.
Larissa reached 192 cases on Friday, 125 on Saturday, Kilkis 27, Halkidiki 32, and the fan of restrictive return measures even more areas. Some data complicate or unravel the situation. The median age of intubated patients is 65, the government says it says 9 out of 10 are unvaccinated, but the fact is that about 600,000 people in the country over the age of 60 are unvaccinated.
More than 6,440,000 people in the country, ie 61% of the general population or 70% of the adult population, have been vaccinated with at least one dose.
The whole country enters the sphere of western political danger, except Attica, areas that had managed to stop the pandemic outbreak but which now any wall of immunity they had managed to build, are included in the relativity, as:
No one can experiment with certainty if there is and what is the ideal vaccination step of the population for steel shielding
How will the flu virus work together with the Delta mutation and what copy will they have in the Health System?
How will the mutation itself behave in winter?
Will the pandemic show signs of retreat in northern Greece with the existing measures or will they be needed even harder?
The sun is setting early every day and until the new generation vaccines and drugs are on the horizon, the country is trying to build the last line of defense before the release of another difficult winter.
The last line
The acceleration of the third dose – as the opinion of the European Medicines Agency is still pending – as well as the flu vaccination serve this purpose.
The platform for scheduling the booster dose for the elderly over 60 and for health professionals has already been launched, provided that six to eight months have passed since the completion of the basic scheme.
Just one day before – and after the leak of an internal document of the European Medicines Agency – it became known that next Monday the scientists of the Agency will finally meet on the administration of a third dose with the vaccine of the companies Pfizer / BioNTech.
However, as mentioned in the same document, it was not mentioned that the decision to contain clear instructions for the poetic groups of citizens will have priority in the next vaccination phase.
At the same time, however, and with the aim of vaccinating the vulnerable and elderly population of our country against the flu within November, the electronic prescription for influenza vaccines was activated.
This is because the concomitant circulation of the coronavirus with the influenza virus is an uncharted field for experts, causing uncertainty.
“We should be ready earlier to deal with the flu viruses with the timely vaccination for the end of October, in November to have been vaccinated to the population that really needs it. We must calculate that each vaccination requires a fortnight to have a corresponding immune response “, explained the president of the National Vaccination Committee, Maria Theodoridou, in the context of the presence of influenza vaccination at the Ministry of Health.
This year, for the first time
She explained that “this year, the available vaccines are for the first time both quadruplets with adenovirus. They contain two strains of A, H1N1 and H3N2 and two strains of type B viruses. They are not vaccines that contain live virus, so they can be made and secured individuals immunologically. They are given in a single dose and do not interfere with vaccination regimens for both the coronavirus and other vaccines. “
Hopeful, however, is the fact that last year 84% of people over the age of 60 were vaccinated against seasonal flu, with scientists urging and bringing vulnerable citizens to rush to be vaccinated against both viruses.