Dozens of Italian teachers in the Italian town of Treviso fell ill on Monday after being injected with the AstraZeneca vaccine against covid, local press reports.
Pupils from two middle schools were sent home an hour earlier than usual due to insufficient teaching staff. At the Duca degli Abruzzi high school, 15 teachers out of the 130 were absent, accusing fever, general malaise and bone pain (flu symptoms basically).
In another primary school, San Domenico Savio respectively, two out of three teachers suffered from similar conditions due to side effects of the vaccine. The Italian press now writes that some schools are forced to close due to lack of teachers, given that “dozens and dozens” of teachers can no longer attend classes.
The Italian daily paper Oggi Treviso reported that 3,000 teachers were injected on Saturday and another 2,500 were scheduled to receive the vaccine before the end of the weekend.
All teachers injected with the coronavirus were under the age of 55 and all received the AstraZeneca vaccine. The vaccination campaign in Treviso is part of a national program that offers free vaccination for Italian teachers aged between 18 and 55.
Late last week, Duchess Elizabeth Hospital in Braunschweig, Germany, suspended its vaccination program with the AstraZeneca vaccine until further notice after 37 of its 88 vaccinated employees reported sick and were unable to work due to side effects similar to those recorded in Treviso.
A Swedish region temporarily suspended vaccinations with the AstraZeneca vaccine in mid-February because several people complained of fever after receiving the vaccine.
Vaccinations with the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine have also been stopped in two locations in Lower Saxony, following complaints from clinic staff about side effects.