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CHARTS: How many people has Italy vaccinated so far?

Find the latest data on how many people have received the Covid-19 vaccine in each region of Italy.

CHARTS: How many people has Italy vaccinated so far?
Getting vaccinated in Rome. Photo: Tiziana Fabi/AFP

This article was updated on June 3rd.

Nearly six months into its Covid-19 vaccination campaign, Italy has administered more than 35.8 million doses nationwide and fully immunized some 12.4 million people, according to the Health Ministry’s running tally.

That means nearly 23 percent of the total population over 12 has had all the shots they need.

READ ALSO: Where to register for a Covid-19 vaccine in your region of Italy

The programme has picked up speed significantly over the past few weeks, with more than 3 million doses injected every week in May.

Here’s a closer look at the latest official vaccine data from each part of Italy.

Italy began its vaccination rollout by focusing on health workers and the elderly, followed by people with medical conditions that make them especially vulnerable to Covid-19.

It has extended appointments to younger and younger adults, and starting this week has given the go-ahead for regions to open booking to everyone over the age of 12.

Some regions have already begun doing so, and several plan to start vaccinating all groups within weeks.

More than 90 percent of Italy's over-80s have had at least their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, according to the official figures, while over 80 percent are fully vaccinated.

Italy aims to finish vaccinating its oldest residents by the end of June. Its Covid-19 emergency commissioner has urged regional health services not to forget about those in high-risk groups who have not yet had their shots even as they begin offering vaccines to younger people, with local authorities urged to reach out to elderly residents who still haven't booked a jab.

READ ALSO: Do you need a health card to get vaccinated in Italy?

Ultimately Italy plans to offer vaccination on a walk-in basis at pop-up centres around the country.

Vaccination programmes vary by regional health authority. You can find more information about signing up for the jab here.

These charts are updated automatically with the latest available data from the Italian Health Ministry.

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COVID-19 VACCINES

Italy’s deputy health minister under fire after casting doubt on Covid vaccines

Opposition leaders called for health undersecretary Marcello Gemmato to resign on Tuesday after the official said he was not "for or against" vaccines.

Italy's deputy health minister under fire after casting doubt on Covid vaccines

Gemmato, a pharmacist and member of Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni’s far-right Brothers of Italy party, made the remark during an appearance on the political talkshow ReStart on Rai 2 on Monday evening.

READ ALSO: Covid vaccines halved Italy’s death toll, study finds

In a widely-shared clip, the official criticises the previous government’s approach to the Covid pandemic, claiming that for a large part of the crisis Italy had the highest death rate and third highest ‘lethality’ rate (the proportion of Covid patients who died of the disease).

When journalist Aldo Cazzullo interjects to ask whether the toll would have been higher without vaccines, Gemmato responds: “that’s what you say,” and claimed: “We do not have the reverse burden of proof.”

The undersecretary goes on to say that he won’t “fall into the trap of taking a side for or against vaccines”.

After Gemmato’s comments, the president of Italy’s National Federation of Medical Guilds, Filippo Anelli, stressed that official figures showed the Italian vaccination campaign had already prevented some 150,000 deaths, slashing the country’s potential death toll by almost half.

Vaccines also prevented eight million cases of Covid-19, over 500,000 hospitalisations, and more than 55,000 admissions to intensive care, according to a report from Italy’s national health institute (ISS) in April 2021.

Gemmato’s comments provoked calls for him to step down, including from the head of the centre-left Democratic Party, Enrico Letta.

“A health undersecretary who doesn’t take his distance from no-vaxxers is certainly in the wrong job” wrote the leader of the centrist party Action, Carlo Calenda, on Twitter.

Infectious disease expert Matteo Bassetti of Genoa’s San Martino clinic also expressed shock.

“How is it possible to say that there is no scientific proof that vaccines have helped save the lives of millions of people? You just have to read the scientific literature,” Bassetti tweeted. 

In response to the backlash, Gemmato on Tuesday put out a statement saying he believes “vaccines are precious weapons against Covid” and claiming that his words were taken out of context and misused against him.

The Brothers of Italy party was harshly critical of the previous government’s approach to handling the Covid crisis, accusing the former government of using the pandemic as an excuse to “limit freedom” through its use of the ‘green pass’, a proof of vaccination required to access public spaces. 

But since coming into power, Meloni appears to have significantly softened her stance.

Her appointee for health minister, Orazio Schillaci, is a medical doctor who formed part of the team advising the Draghi administration on its handling of the pandemic.

Schillaci, a former dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery at Rome’s Tor Vergata University, has described the former government’s green pass scheme as an “indispensable tool for guaranteeing safety in university classrooms”.

Speaking at a session of the G20 on Tuesday, Meloni referenced the role of vaccines in bringing an end to the Covid pandemic.

“Thanks to the extraordinary work of health personnel, vaccines, prevention, and the accountability of citizens, life has gradually returned to normal,’ the prime minister said in a speech.

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