Local healthcare authority stand for free COVID testing for travellers inside the Arezzo train station in the Tuscany region | Photo: ARCHIVE/ANSA/BARBARA PERISSI
Local healthcare authority stand for free COVID testing for travellers inside the Arezzo train station in the Tuscany region | Photo: ARCHIVE/ANSA/BARBARA PERISSI

Italy's central Tuscany region on Monday started a vaccination campaign for migrants and the homeless. A telephone number has been set up for requests.

Italy's central Tuscany region on Monday started a vaccination campaign for migrants and the homeless in the region.

Both EU citizens and non-EU citizens without a national health service card but with an unregistered European (ENI) and a 'temporarily present foreigner' (STP) number or provisional tax codes can reserve an anti-COVID vaccine, the authorities said.

Reservations can be made by calling the number 055-9077777.

The request will then be forwarded to the local healthcare authority.

Street units active

The regional authorities also said in a statement that street units will be set up for vaccinating both Italian and foreign homeless people. The campaign will see involvement by the Regional Center for Global Health, three local healthcare authorities, and third-sector associations, with the support of cultural-linguistic mediation.

The regional government also noted that, in order to facilitate the vaccination of foreigners and the homeless, an awareness-raising campaign has been initiated.

Vaccination sessions and information activities are also underway for foreigners hosted in reception centers that are registered with the national healthcare service.

Regional government calls 'act of civility'

In the eyes of Tuscany regional governor Eugenio Giani, this is "an act of civility as well as a duty for the protection of individual and public health, which cannot exclude those who are seen as 'invisible'. Everyone has the right of access to basic healthcare, and even more so in a time of pandemic."

Health councillor Simone Bezzini underscored that "it is a healthcare and social priority. Protecting citizens' health and ensuring access to vaccination to all are the main pillars of our community."

 

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