Editorial staff 29 September 2021 10:50
Share From Monday 4 October at the Policlinico, third doses of the anti Covid vaccine will begin to be administered to cancer patients. Two weeks after La Maddalena, which led the way in the city, the university hospital also accepted the invitation of the Department of Health and the covid Palermo commissioner to encourage proximity vaccination. Users undergoing therapies (chemotherapy or radiotherapy or in follow-up), followed in the clinics of the Clinical Oncology department, directed by Antonio Russo, will be able to carry out the third anti-covid administration, as required by the circular of the ministry of health. “The additional dose – they explain from the hospital – can be carried out once 28 days have passed from the second dose. It will be the staff of the company’s Covid vaccination clinic hinged in the Clinical Epidemiology ward with cancer registry, directed by Francesco Vitale, to go to the clinic of oncology in a room dedicated to anamnesis and vaccination “. Patients will be booked and scheduled directly by the Oncology Department staff during the follow-up and therapy outpatient visits. “It is a further step – underlines Francesco Vitale – in the path that we have already undertaken for many months to favor the broad vaccination of the population. We immediately accepted the idea because it is right to create the best conditions so that precisely the most fragile users can benefit from direct vaccination in the places where they usually go for the administration of the therapies “. “Cancer patients – explains Antonio Russo – need adequate protection because the possibility of contracting Covid could lead to a worsening of the overall clinical conditions as well as the impossibility of undergoing cancer treatment. We believe that this on-site vaccination represents a further piece of the treatment path that we are called upon to guarantee to our patients every day ”. “A virtuous circuit – reaffirms Aoup Commissioner Alessandro Caltagirone – in a historical moment in which every body / institution must do its part to feed the culture of vaccination and encourage as much as possible the creation of specific paths dedicated to those who return to those categories for which the proximity vaccine is certainly easier and preferable “.
The possibility of going to the Aoup vaccination center is always open, even without reservation, from Monday to Friday and preferably from 11 to 13 for the administration of additional doses of vaccine, for all other categories of “extremely vulnerable” subjects (transplanted, subjects with Chronic Renal Failure on dialysis, immunosuppressed, HIV positive, splenectomised, etc…). Finally, at the Polyclinic it is always possible to receive vaccination even in the discharge phase or in the process of the same through a synergy between the health workers of the hospitalization ward and the vaccination clinic.
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