COVID-19 | When getting vaccinated is lived as a deontological duty

It is the end of a long nightmare for Italian health personnel. A text message informs them of the place and time they will receive the COVID-19 vaccine. At this point, the process is quick: you have to identify yourself and answer a few questions before going to the agreed room. Traveling this last stretch means a lot to those who have fought for months on the front lines against COVID-19:

– “My work in the COVID-19 ward caused me a lot of anxiety. So you can imagine what today’s experience means to me,” explains Dr. Maristella Guerra.

– Did you ever think that you wouldn’t make it? “Asks the journalist.

– “I was very scared”, confesses the doctor.

Yasmine Marcella is a young nurse who contracted COVID-19 and has recovered from the disease. You have also received the vaccine:

– “It is impossible to explain what happened in hospitals during the pandemic. Many things have been said, but those of us who work there live it in a different way. Especially when you realize that there are battles that cannot be won. But also because we ourselves get sick. Emotions overwhelm us daily. Today in particular I feel a lot of anxiety. ”

At first, Yasmine had her doubts about whether or not she should get vaccinated.

– “Yes, at first I was afraid to get vaccinated, but given my role, I couldn’t say no. I have to do it for the good of the whole community, for everyone.”

Loredana Piacenti is also a nurse. He has been administering the vaccine since the first day of the campaign. The campaign, he says, can improve teamwork:

“There has to be a good relationship between us, colleagues, to work together, to face and overcome these dark times,” he says.

The unit director of ASL Roma 1, the local health unit, believes that an important milestone has been reached:

“It is the very purpose of what we do and the service we provide that has been put back at the center of our efforts, which is not just about fighting an emergency, but also about protecting the community. vaccination is a good example of this, “says Angelo Tanese.

Vaccination rates vary from region to region. At Lazio, around 70% of the doses delivered have already been used. In the Campania region, stocks were quickly depleted and in Lombardy, the epicenter of the pandemic in Europe, criticism rained down for its slowness.

“Keeping the growth curve for the number of COVID-19 cases under control is said to be crucial to the effectiveness of the vaccination campaign. Meanwhile, it is debated whether the vaccine should be mandatory for healthcare workers. Many doctors consider that being the first to receive it sends a message of encouragement to those who are still undecided. That is why they wear this pin that says “I have had the vaccine”, “concludes euronews journalist Giorgia Orlandi.