Genoa, Villa Scassi is the first hospital to start with the third dose for health professionals: “Now we are more serene in the ward”
In the Sampierdarena facility, the first twenty injections are administered on a voluntary basis. At the Galliera, however, the booking system went haywire: inconvenience and protests
Genoa – The first was the professional nurse Mauro Panaro, of the antiblastic drugs unit of Villa Scassi: «For months I have been asking for information on the booster dose. I was vaccinated in January, I believe there is still coverage but I never want to experience the experience of my children who do not leave home for fear of infecting us “. Yesterday morning, Panaro has offered the arm to the Covid vaccine for the third time. First among the doctors in Liguria to make the third dose. “In reality – explains doctor Pamela Morelli, head of the hospital’s vaccine center – some colleagues with fragile conditions had already been vaccinated because they are immunocompromised”.
Asl3 the first to leave
Thus, with about twenty vaccinations of those who presented themselves on a voluntary basis, the third doses to the health personnel of Asl3 started. While the other Genoese hospitals, from Galliera to San Martino al Gaslini, are still organizing themselves to collect adhesions and informed consent. From yesterday, starting with the vaccinations of workers in hospitals, while the rest of health workers (an audience of 56,000 people in Liguria, almost 100% vaccinated) will be able to book the third dose also on the portal from today. “We will collect the appointments with an internal system – explains Morelli – but for now we have started with those who wanted to do it, on a voluntary basis”.
Like Anna Maria Gatti, director of the Department of Medicine of the Asl3,convinced that the additional dose should be done as soon as possible and she underwent the vaccination: «In this hospital we have seen well what can happen when the foot virus catches. We have been overwhelmed. Immediately? It is not very useful to see the level after a few months, for example I still have them high. But there are no particular contraindications for the third dose, compared to the other two. Better to do it now and push those who have not yet vaccinated to move: there are no real doctors not to get vaccinated, apart from those who are allergic to the components and have had some anaphylactic shock after the first dose “, says the director.
own in pavilion 5 of the Villa Scassi together with doctors and nurses, allergy sufferers are queuing up, and in many cases they are still waiting for the second dose. While in the other departments, from oncology to nephrology and dialysis, the third doses for the patients followed have already started for days. Francesca Salvatore, nephrologist, speaks of “opportunities to be seized on the fly, it is a simple reminder that increases immune coverage, there are no particular risks”.
Donatella Mulas, from the dialysis center, reinforces the concept: «In the hospital for the consequences of Covid we end up only those who are not vaccinated. In some cases, those who hesitate have also been ill advised by their doctor, unjustified waiting can be very dangerous, ”says the doctor.
Galliera, system in tilt
Yesterday morning at the Galliera hospital was uneasy: a computer block sent the acceptance and booking system into a tailspin, with heavy repercussions and slowdowns in the emergency room, in radiology and also in outpatient appointments. Numerous protests against operators, who, however, cannot intervene on site. The situation normalized only after 10 in the morning.