Covid and migrants, Morcone: vaccinating foreign workers is a necessity for everyone’s health

twelve o’clock, April 3, 2021 – 8:01 am

The regional councilor for safety: they will not be identified as the law guarantees anonymity to those in need of urgent care

of Angelo Agrippa

Vaccinating irregular immigrants is an objective necessity, given that Campania aims to achieve herd immunity as soon as possible. And with the thousands of workers employed, for example, both in the fields of Casertano and in those of the Piana del Sele, it becomes essential to deal with reality and intervene. We cannot ignore it or close our eyes: everyone’s health must be protected.

The first-class prefect Mario Morcone, 69, from Caserta, former candidate for mayor of the Democratic Party in Naples, current regional councilor for security of the junta led by Vincenzo De Luca, has spent a good part of his professional life dealing with flow issues migratory. was sent UN to the border between Kosovo and Serbia, twice head of the Department for Civil Liberties and Immigration at the Ministry of the Interior. Then, in January 2017, he was appointed head of the Viminale cabinet, replacing the current minister Luciana Lamorgese, and on 26 June 2018 director of Cir, the Italian Council for Refugees.
Councilor Morcone, President De Luca announced that illegal immigrants must also be vaccinated. But how will this be possible without identifying them?

Not said, as the law guarantees anonymity to illegal immigrants who need to be rescued. At the time, Roberto Maroni was Minister of the Interior. He pushed that the illegals who went to the hospital to be treated should be identified. I remember that there was a strong discussion in parliament, but in the end the political will prevailed to grant the right to health care for those in emergency conditions.

Today the League returns to threaten barricades on the Campania proposal.

I believe that the operation we are working on, I repeat, protects everyone, without exception. And in particular, when it happens – because it is necessary to have the availability of vaccines and to plan spaces and organization – no citizen will be penalized, but we will probably already be in the most intense phase of the mass vaccination campaign.

When do you plan to start with the vaccination campaign for immigrants?

After all the priority categories have been immunized and it will be possible to involve voluntary and third sector associations, which will have to become the real protagonists of this vaccination season.

Why do you focus much of your organizational efforts on volunteering?

It is clear that irregular people must be assisted by women and men from the third sector, led by Caritas, but also by Emergency operators who are active in the garrisons of Ponticelli and Castel Volturno: this is because they are people who, given their condition, they fear coming into contact, for example, with an operator in a white coat holding a syringe. While the relationship with the volunteers is more consolidated and by virtue of it, it is expected that the ability to persuade is also more effective. But I repeat: our need to vaccinate as many subjects as possible, otherwise we will not get out.

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April 3, 2021 | 08:01

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