In La Spezia, Italy, homosexuals were included in the priority list in vaccination against covid-19 because they are considered to adopt “risky behaviors”.
The health authority of the Italian town of Spice, in the north of the country, included homosexuals in the vaccination protocol against covid-19, which he characterized as risky and priority individuals, generating controversy and criticism at the national level.
The controversy arose when Ferrucio Sansa, a candidate supported by the Democratic Party (PD, center-left) and the 5 Star Movement (M5S) in the 2020 regional elections in Liguria, condemned the local health authorities for having including homosexuals in the list of “people with risky behavior, alongside drug addicts and others related to prostitution”.
The registration form was distributed by citizens as part of the national vaccination campaign against the new coronavirus, in order to be able to manage vaccine stocks for priority groups.
The complaints came immediately and Senator Monica Cirinnà, a promoter of the law that recognizes civil unions between homosexuals since 2016, said it was “unacceptable” for a reference to homosexuality to appear among risky behaviors as a way of accessing any health service.
“It is a serious violation of personal dignity, a sign of a culture that is still very widespread and that tends to stigmatize homosexuality ”, stressed Cirinnà.
The director of the local health entity, Paolo Cavagnaro, already apologized. “It is a clear mistake, we recognize it, that we are also trying to find an explanation, so we can only apologize,” he said.
The case took shape this Thursday, when it was discovered that the form had been taken directly from the Italian Ministry of Health portal in October.
The Ligurian region’s president, conservative Giovanni Toti, described the situation as “incredible and shameful” and accused the opposition of wanting to create confusion without first checking the facts.
“As for the incredible and shameful inclusion of homosexuals among ‘subjects as risk factors’ for vaccination priorities, it was found that, after a first internal investigation, the error has its origin in a copy of the ministerial guidelines. Obviously, this multiplies the error, although it does not eliminate it ”, wrote Toti on his Facebook page.
“All of this gives me reason as to the total disability, ignorance, bad faith and clumsiness by the opposition in Liguria, which continues to accuse me without investigating or investigating what happened before, ”added Toti, in reference to Sansa, who was the one who detected the error.
In a statement, the Ministry of Health explained that “only behavior determines people’s risk and not their sexual orientation” and acknowledged that it was “an old document used for blood donations”.
“Ministerial documents of old and outdated forms will be corrected immediately,” added the Italian Government.