Genoa – The temperature more winter than spring it does not help those who wait in line for their turn waiting to be vaccinated: a queue, more than 50 meters long, a few steps from the Lantern and the entrance to the port of Genoa.
“Where do we go? How long is there to wait? Is this the queue?”, Are the most frequent questions asked by those who arrived in the San Benigno area last night for the first night opening – from 11 pm to 2 am – of the vaccination center set up inside the building of the shipping company Msc. “We have been vaccinating since eight this morning. We hope soon to be able to vaccinate 24 hours a day,” says one of the staff who has the task of giving directions a few steps from the entrance. Many are elderly accompanied by relatives, especially children. “The internal organization is good but getting up to here is not the best. It is an isolated, uncomfortable area. There is nothing. But anyway, that’s okay, just get vaccinated”, says Gianni, a retired former docker. waiting to be vaccinated while he waits with his daughter who has decided to accompany him.
Someone complains about the few seats outside. “We are in line, there are many people and only one bench. More had to be done, “says one woman in his fifties holding his identity card and health card. Marco arrived from Molassana to San Benigno to accompany his father. He smokes while waiting to go home. “My father has to get the Moderna vaccine, I hope everything goes well. There is a bit of concern, I think it’s normal”, he says. Inside the MSC building, only Modern type anti-Covid vaccines are administered. Patients are brought up to the first floor and after about 30 minutes they come out through a side door. Around 1500 people are vaccinated every day in San Benigno. The Ligurian governor Giovanni Toti paid a visit last night to the vaccination center set up in the Msc building. “We have just finished a long meeting with the government – he said – e for the AstraZeneca vaccine there is a need for clarity. Someone will have to take responsibility for making a new vaccination plan and only the government can do it. “
The governor stressed that it is “necessary to move forward quickly with vaccines. In Liguria we are doing well,” we are on the right track. We have a vaccine power, if the vaccines arrive, to do an extraordinary job. “The San Benigno center is managed by Casa della Salute: since yesterday it has been active from 8 in the morning until two in the morning, that is, for 18 continuous hours, divided into 3 shifts (8-14; 14-20; 20-2). The hub is operational 6 days a week: it will soon manage a total of about 8500 people per week and an administration capacity that can reach up to 90 vaccines per hour.
Inside of, for each shift, 16 employees are operational administrative staff to manage the phases of acceptance, temperature control, delivery of forms, a minimum of 6 doctors for medical history and informed consent, a minimum of 6 nurses for the administration of the vaccine, 2 soldiers of public assistance for the observation phase ( there is an ambulance in case of need). The center administers Moderna vaccines intended for ultra-vulnerable individuals and to the 70-79 years of age range.