The situation in emergency rooms is “nightmare” and hospital wards are “under siege.” This is stated by Federation of Oncologists, Cardiologists and Hematologists (Foce) emphasizing that the cause is Vaccination campaign “completely inadequate against Covid and flu.”
For several weeks now, Foce explains, we have been witnessing the phenomenon of increasing chaos in our emergency systems, with many hundreds of patients waiting to be transferred to ordinary hospitalization or intensive care units.which can even last several days. The main cause of this situation, experts point out, is “without a doubt the combination of acute symptoms produced simultaneously by Covid infection and the flu” and what makes it “extremely worrying is the progressive increase in mortality from Covid: in 2023 , from “From 40 to 50 weekly deaths in July/August it went to 150 deaths in October, 290 in November, 425 at the end of December to reach, in 2024, 371 in this last week.” The issue, warns Foce, is that “we have witnessed a total elimination of SarsCoV-2. As a result, the vaccination campaign was completely unsatisfactory.
From the beginning of the campaign until January 4, 2024, only 1,927,035 citizens were vaccinated in our country; in particular 13.6% of those over eighty years old, 10.3% of the age group between 70 and 79 years old and only 4.7% of citizens between 60 and 69 years old.” Tuscany, Emilia-Romagna and Lombardy remain the regions in which the most doses administered are concentrated, while all the southern regions, Lazio, Marche and Abruzzo, have produced very low numbers.
The emergency crisis is also due to the “weak and insufficient” flu vaccination campaign, with coverage figures extremely lower than those of previous years.
There is also the negative effect of the relaxation of distancing measures and tools and masks. The elderly and frail patients are the ones who pay the price. Therefore, Foce expresses “all concern and dismay at this alarming situation, due to the lack of planning and organization of an already difficult vaccination campaign.” The association concludes that it is also necessary to highlight “the waste of public resources due to the non-use of enormous quantities of vaccination doses already acquired by the State.”