The unnamed nurse will be one of five people to get the jab on Sunday as Italy begins its vaccination programme, news agency Ansa reports.
“On Sunday 27th December, V-Day, the first five anti-COVID vaccines will be administered to as many employees of the Institute, precisely: a nurse, an operator socio-sanitary (OSS), a researcher and two doctors,” stated management at the Lazzaro Spallanzani National Institute for Infectious Diseases on Tuesday.
The nurse and the two doctors will then work on administering vaccines to colleagues.
The hospital has been at the centre of Italy's fight against the coronavirus outbreak since the first positive cases were discovered in Italy in January.
The announcement came after the European Commission and European Medicines Agency on Monday gave the green light to use of the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine in Europe.
Today we add an important chapter to a European success story, by making available the 1st #COVID19 vaccine for Europeans.
More will come.
— Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) December 21, 2020
European countries are eager to speedily begin vaccinating their populations in an attempt to prevent the virus from getting out of control once again, following the recent discovery of the new Covid-19 strain in the UK that health experts have said could be up to 70 percent more contagious.
However Italian health officials have insisted the vaccine will work on this and other new strains of cornavirus.
Italy, which will get its vaccines via the EU's procurement programme, had last week announced it would begin its vaccination programme in January.
Authorities stressed that vaccines against the disease caused by the novel coronavirus would not be immediately distributed to the general population, but would be rolled out first to high-risk groups including medical staff and the elderly.