Venice unveils vaccination vaporetto

Tourist water taxi takes jabs to lagoon island

(ANSA) - VENICE, APR 6 - Venice has unveiled its first COVID-19 vaccination vaporetto.
    The mobile jab station on board the water taxi has enabled the island of Sant Erasmo to vaccinate all its over 80s.
    The boat, with an unusual red livery, docked at the pier usually used by tourists and waited while the recipients calmly queued to come aboard and get their jabs.
    Some elderly also came over from the nearby islands of Murano and Isola delle Vignole so as to avoid having to go farther afield to get their vaccinations.
    One couple sailed over from Murano on their little motor boat.
    The parish priest and the food buyer on the island proved crucial to the success of the operation, local officials said.
    "As we continue the vaccine rollout," said health official Edgardo Contato, "We are working to directly bring the vaccine to the elderly who live in isolated areas". (ANSA).


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