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Italy plans third COVID vaccine shots for most fragile-health minister

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The Italian government is planning to start administering a third COVID-19 vaccine shot later this month to people with the most fragile immune systems, Health Minister Roberto Speranza said.

“We will start inoculating a third dose to fragile people by September,” Speranza told reporters, speaking alongside Prime Minister Mario Draghi.

Draghi said Italy was planning to further extend the usage of so-called Green Pass health documents, which are currently needed for long-distance travel, access to many leisure activities and also obligatory for school workers.

He also said Italy might make inoculations obligatory for everyone once the anti-COVID vaccines had been given full approval by EU and Italian regulators.

Photo: A close up shows a pin reading in Italian ” I am vaccinated” after a person received the COVID-19 vaccine at the Madre Museum in Naples, Italy. EPA-EFE/CIRO FUSCO