Just days ago, the government had announced that healthcare workers who remained unvaccinated would be suspended from work without pay, a move that could have raised tensions in the health system at a critical juncture.
The third dose will be made available to patients who have undergone organ transplants, who have had bone marrow transplants, who are cancer patients who have had chemotherapy, and patients with kidney disease.
The objective of legally mandated vaccination is to protect the people that come into contact with individuals in particular professional target groups, which the government hopes to serve as an example.
As time goes by, almost certainly super-spreading Delta variant loci emerge, threatening to demolish everything on their path, including the basic wall of immunity that citizens have built with great effort.
Citizens stepped forward to be vaccinated, and still are doing so, in a rollout that by all accounts is organised in an excellent manner. Lingering doubts jeopardise the collective effort to build a wall of immunity.
The further laxening of restrictive public health measures includes lifting the ban on playing music at restaurants, cafeterias, and bars and delaying the 12:30 am curfew until 1:30 am.
Until now, only the AstraZeneca vaccine was made available to this age group as reports of thrombosis linked to it made older citizens reluctant to get it, despite the assurances of experts.
For better or for worse, all other tools for checking the epidemic – especially protracted restrictions on movement and the closure of businesses – have brought fatigue to citizens and societies.