"I mean, we don't have a clear explanation. They are right because it's a short time that they have been studying (the vaccines). I believe as I am not an expert on these vaccines, so I don't say that many things are approximate but… we are a bit afraid of what will be, of what will happen."
7. Mid of health care worker in vaccination center
8. Close up of a blue bracelet indicating people will receive Pfizer vaccine
9. Mid of health care worker filling out paperwork
10. Wide of people in vaccination center
11. Mid of sign reading (Italian) "Wait after vaccine"
12. Mid of vaccination booth, sign reading (Italian) "Health Lazio. Regional health care system. Lazio Region"
13. Mid exterior of vaccination center, sign reading (Italian) "Italian Red Cross"
As Italy faces a rise in new COVID-19 cases, people are rushing to get the third dose required to increase the level of protection against the virus.
The country has double vaccinated more than 84% of its over-12 population and administered more than 4 million booster doses.
People over 40 years old can receive the booster shot at least five months after their second dose, according to the prescriptions of the Ministry of Health.
Italy, where Europe's outbreak began in February 2020, is seeing a rise in infections, but to a more measured degree than other EU countries, recording around 10,000 new cases and fewer than 100 deaths a day.
First dose appointments have leveled off and 20 small towns in northern Italy where vaccination rates are among the lowest in the country went into semi-lockdown on Wednesday due to rapidly rising case rates.
The Italian government also on Wednesday decided to exclude unvaccinated people from certain activities over the holidays in a bid to contain rising coronavirus infections and stave off financially crippling lockdowns just as the economy is starting to grow again.
Starting Dec. 6, only people with proof of vaccination or of having recovered from COVID-19 can eat at indoor restaurants, and go to the movies or sporting events, excluding the ability to access such venues with just a negative test.
A new government decree also makes vaccinations, including booster shots, mandatory for law enforcement, military and all school employees. Previously, vaccines were only required for health care workers and teachers.