Fines for those who have not been vaccinated, what will happen to them?

Fines for those who have not been vaccinated, what will happen to them?

Fines for those who have not been vaccinated

On the launch pad, there would be over one million fines to citizens over fifty years old who had not vaccinated against Covid-19 by June 15, failing to comply with the vaccination obligation introduced by the government on January 8 last. According to the Corriere della Sera, the Ministry of Health has compiled the punctual list of citizens who have chosen not to be vaccinated - complete with names, surnames, telephone numbers and addresses - who should receive the tax bills from the tax agency. Revenue and collection (Ader) with a fine of 100 euros by 30 November. The conditional is a must because, for those who have not already received and paid the sanction, it is not yet clear how the change of government and majority will impact this measure and it is considered by many parties that it is quite probable that the majority can make a step back on the measure.

The vaccination obligation What happens to the fines? Fines are on the way for the approximately 2 million over-50s who are not vaccinated. The first 600,000 letters have already been sent to people who have not complied with the vaccination obligation. It will be possible to appeal within ten days of receiving the fine, but if it is rejected you will have to pay a surcharge

The vaccination obligation

The vaccination obligation was introduced by the government at the beginning of 2022 to launch the vaccination campaign and applies to over-50s who have chosen not to be vaccinated against Covid-19 from 8 January to 15 June. Penalty a penalty of 100 euros, which in addition to the over-50s also affects all those categories of workers for which being vaccinated is considered particularly important. For example, doctors and health workers, employed in residential, socio-welfare and social-health facilities, school staff, defense, security and public aid sectors, local police, prisons, universities and higher technical institutes that, as of June 15, 2022, did not have started the primary vaccination course or who did not carry out the booster dose, that is the booster dose following the vaccination course.

What happens to the fines?

Now, with the imminent settlement of the center-right government - which has waged a battle against the obligation to vaccinate - it is possible that the files will never leave. The issue is linked to the Aid ter decree, presented by the Draghi government at the end of September and now being examined in the Chamber while waiting for the legislature to start completely. If indeed the center-right wants to eliminate these fines, according to the Courier it could present an amendment signed by all the groups to be filed with the Special Commission for Government Affairs.

New data is out on COVID vaccine injury claims. What's to make of it?

(Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, facing a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit seeking a vast trove of data about the safety and side-effects of the COVID-19 vaccines, made a pledge in August.

The agency in court papers said that on or before Sept. 30, it would post on its website a “public use” set of data from about 10 million people who signed up for its “v-safe” program -- a smartphone-based system that periodically sends people text messages and web surveys to monitor potential side effects from the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

But the CDC missed its deadline. A spokesperson cited a delay in “the technical and administrative processes” necessary to post on the agency’s website, but said it hopes to have the information up by late November or early December.

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In the meantime, the CDC handed over the v-safe data (minus personal identifying information) to the plaintiff in the FOIA case, the Informed Consent Action Network, or ICAN, a Texas-based nonprofit that says it opposes 'medical coercion' in favor of individual healthcare choices.

ICAN crunched the numbers on its own and came up with some statistics that its lawyer says appear to be 'alarming.'

According to ICAN, 7.7% of the v-safe users -- 782,913 people -- reported seeking medical attention via a telehealth appointment, urgent care clinic, emergency room intervention or hospitalization following a COVID-19 vaccine.

About 25% of v-safe users said they experienced symptoms that required them to miss school or work or prevented them from doing other normal activities, according to ICAN’s “dashboard” that summarizes the results.

There's no way, however, based on the information collected, to determine whether the COVID-19 vaccines actually caused the ailments. ICAN's analysis included responses reported beyond the first seven days post-vaccine and it counted all reports of people seeking medical attention up to a year after receiving the shot. ICAN did not specify when after vaccination they received the care, nor did the data indicate what the care was for.

I asked a CDC spokesperson what the agency made of ICAN's calculations. Are the numbers accurate?

The CDC 'cannot comment on analyses conducted outside of the agency that we have not seen,' the spokesperson said via email, but added that v-safe data 'have shown low rates of medical care after vaccination, particularly hospitalization.'

In the first week after getting the shot, the spokesperson continued, 'reports of seeking any medical care (including telehealth appointments) range from 1-3% (depending on vaccine, age group and dose).'

She pointed me to a report looking at the first six months of v-safe data to back up the assertion. In addition, another CDC spokesperson said that agency personnel made follow-up calls to any v-safe users who reported seeking medical attention.

But ICAN counsel Aaron Siri of Siri & Glimstad, who led the FOIA litigation against the agency, said that because some vaccine-related adverse effects (chronic arthritis, thrombocytopenia, Guillain-Barré syndrome, myocarditis and more) can appear weeks after vaccination, it's important to broaden the time frame beyond the one-week window in research the CDC cited.

“This is a large and concerning number of negative health impacts,” Siri said of ICAN's conclusions, adding that he's aware of no comparable public data for other vaccines.

A Pfizer media representative in an email said that the company’s vaccine has “a favorable safety profile and high level of protection against severe COVID-19 disease and hospitalization.”

Representatives from Moderna and Johnson & Johnson did not respond to requests for comment.

Until ICAN's suit, the v-safe data was not public, though specific findings have been reported by the CDC and medical journals.

The data has its limits. The CDC asked v-safe users to self-report a range of post-vaccine symptoms such as headache, joint pain and fatigue, and (irrespective of whether they sought medical attention) to categorize the ailments as mild, moderate or severe. The agency queried v-safe users about their health every day for the first week following vaccine, and then at various points afterwards for the next 12 months, gathering a total of 146 million records.

In addition to the dashboard summary, ICAN on its website has made the underlying dataset available for public download. Reuters did not independently verify ICAN's analysis of the information.

Siri, a 2004 University of California Berkeley School of Law grad who got his start at Latham & Watkins, is no stranger to FOIA fights. Last year, he sued the Food and Drug Administration to make public the data it relied on to license Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine. The agency unsuccessfully argued that it needed up to 76 years to review and release all the information.

Siri filed suit against the CDC on behalf of ICAN last year in Austin, Texas, federal court to get the v-safe data.

For concerned members of the public wondering about vaccine safety, it's hard to know what to think.

The CDC -- which should be the gold standard for accurate information -- still hasn’t made the v-safe information publicly available itself, although it seems to have fulfilled a FOIA obligation by giving it to ICAN.

It's notable that ICAN has a history of vaccine skepticism. Its founder, Del Bigtree, is known for producing the 2016 documentary “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe,' which may be why the group's findings have received scant media coverage.

Look. I believe vaccines save lives, and I eagerly received COVID-19 shots. I have no interest in being an anti-vax mouthpiece.

But I also believe in maximum government transparency.

Siri said that the v-safe information offers a unique window: millions of people, all “answering identical questions, making the data susceptible to calculating a rate for each harm reported.” He has point.

It indicates that, at a minimum, hundreds of thousands of people experienced health events that they considered 'severe' following the shot and sought medical care.

Moreover, for those still struggling to recover and believe the vaccine is to blame, legal recourse is limited.

The COVID-19 vaccine makers are indemnified by the government, and all injury claims are adjudicated by an obscure tribunal, the Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program. Payouts are limited to unreimbursed medical expenses and up to $50,000 a year in lost wages.

As of Sept. 1, the forum had received 7,084 claims alleging injuries or death from the COVID-19 vaccines. Three claims have been deemed eligible for compensation and 42 have been rejected.

A spokesperson told me the compensation program is 'actively bringing on additional administrative staff and claims reviewers to process these claims as quickly as possible.'

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