In Venice, on Easter Monday, vaccines arrive on board ‘vaporetto’

In Venice, on Easter Monday, vaccines arrive on board ‘vaporetto’
In Venice, on Easter Monday, vaccines arrive on board ‘vaporetto’

A ‘vaporetto’ turned into a clinic heads to two islands in Venice to vaccinate the elderly, on April 5, 2021 afp_tickers

This content was published on 05. April 2021 – 18:05

05. April 2021 – 18:05

(AFP)
On this Easter Monday (5), a ‘vaporetto’, the unmistakable boat-bus from Venice, sails through the waters of the tourist city with the aim of rescuing elderly people on two islands so that, in times of pandemic, they get vaccinated.

Transformed for a day into a floating clinic, one of those “buses” common to the canal meets people over 80 who live on the islands of Sant’Erasmo and Vignole.

These islands do not have a vaccination post and the move to another can be complicated, especially for those who are elderly. If the elderly cannot go to the vaccines, then it was decided that they would go to them.

The initiative has a “double objective”, explains the city of Venice in a note. “It’s about getting people used to the idea of ​​getting vaccinated and, at the same time, allowing the elderly, for whom transportation can be difficult, to do it just a few steps from home”.

Italy, in the middle of the vaccination campaign, uses many public places. In Naples, for example, you get vaccinated under the eyes of the magnificent princess Danae de Titian, at the Capodimonte museum.

Near Milan, Italians flock to get vaccinated at the famous Monza circuit, where the Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix takes place every year.

In Venice, inside the vaporetto, a small table and chair waits in a corner, isolated to respect privacy, for those who have an appointment to get immunized, while others wait outside, protected by awnings.

“It’s very good,” explains Mario Cavagnis, who has just received his first dose of AstraZeneca. “It is a normal ‘vaporetto’ that they simply turned into a small clinic.”

And how do you feel? “At the moment, my arm doesn’t hurt. So far, everything is fine,” he concludes with a smile.

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