At Easter and Easter Monday “I will be here as every day to vaccinate the elderly, today is our mission. I spent my birthday at work with a syringe and vial in my hand, 60 years old.. Who knows, maybe for Sunday we will also be able to give or give ourselves some chocolate eggs. “Nurse Maurizia d’Amore, operational manager of the Asl Roma 1 vaccination point at the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, tells the story to Salute since February 15. The facility in the heart of the Flaminio district is dedicated to people over 80: “I am very happy and grateful – continues the nurse – On average, each operator gets to immunize 40 people a day and we work on several shifts to ensure a full coverage. We are now vaccinating with Modern“.

In front of the Auditorium, now closed due to the Covid emergency, there is a busy coming and going of cars that leave the over 80s at the entrance to the center. “They are often excited and tense – says d’Amore, who has accumulated a lot of experience in the ASL vaccination centers over the years – but what they ask us is to have the vaccine in order to see their loved ones as soon as possible.“. And there is no lack of attention, even ‘gallant’, towards health workers, for the most part women.” A gentleman for the second dose brought us 50 hot croissants – he remembers – Then there was also another one who he gave us a bouquet of white roses. Gestures that delight during a tiring day at work, harnessed and covered from head to toe “.

‘The elderly are often confused after months of solitude, we help them understand’

“The elderly people who come here know they are ‘survivors’ of the pandemic. What is happening with the anti-Covid vaccinations is very different from the normal flu campaign – continues d’Amore – and we read this in their eyes. . Often they have been alone for months and are confused with respect to the news about the vaccine, they have heard the things they know on TV. We try to cheer them up and answer their questions, then once the dose is done they relax and are happy. Ci always thank and the thing they say most often is that ‘here it doesn’t seem to be in Italy’, on the one hand this fills us with pride in our work, but on the other it makes us think a lot “.

In the vaccinal point of the ASL Roma 1 at the Auditorium Parco della musica different teams work: 10 stewards who welcome people, 4 auxiliaries who accompany them to the stations and follow them in the various phases and then 14 nurses and 6 doctors per shift.

“Since we left we have administered over 15 thousand doses without any adverse reactions – underlines the operations manager of the center – We had a man who could not get out of the car due to health problems and we had to vaccinate him in the garage under the center. the vaccine has a ‘book’ of procedures and nothing is left to chance. We all work in the same way and following the procedures. We try to be perfect – he concludes – and we also do it smiling, in front of us we have an often fragile person who needs to feel close”.

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