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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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Italian monkeypox cases rise to seven

Five infections have now been confirmed in Rome, as well as one in Tuscany and one in Lombardy, Italian health authorities said.

Italian monkeypox cases rise to seven

The total number Italian monkeypox cases rose to seven on Wednesday as a new case was reported by the Spallanzani hospital for infectious diseases in Rome.

Spallanzani is treating six cases: five found in Lazio and one in Tuscany, while the Sacco Hospital in Milan is treating one patient from the Lombardy region.

“There is no alarm, but the infection surveillance system is at a state of maximum attention,” Lazio’s regional health councillor Alessio D’Amato told the Ansa news agency.

Researchers at Spallanzani said the new cases are thought to be “part of a pan-European cluster” linked to cases in the Canary Islands, Ansa reported.

The first Italian case of monkey smallpox, or monkeypox, was also found in a man who had recently returned from the Canary Islands, doctors said last Thursday.

More than 250 monkeypox cases have now been reported in at least 16 countries where the virus isn’t endemic, almost all in Europe, according to the World Health Organization.

They are mostly in Spain, the UK and Portugal, with single-digit cases in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Switzerland, as well as Italy.

READ ALSO: What is Spain doing to deal with rising monkeypox cases?

The illness has infected thousands of people in parts of Central and Western Africa in recent years, but is rare in Europe and North Africa.

Monkeypox is known to spread via close contact with an animal or human with the virus. It can be transmitted via bodily fluids, lesions, respiratory droplets or through contaminated materials, such as bedding.

Its symptoms are similar but somewhat milder than those of smallpox: fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, chills, exhaustion, although it also causes the lymph nodes to swell up.

Within one to three days, the patient develops a rash, often beginning on the face then spreading to other parts of the body. 

Although most monkeypox cases aren’t serious, studies have shown that one in ten people who contract the disease in Africa die from it.

The unprecedented outbreak of the monkeypox virus has put the international community on alert.

On Monday, the European Union urged member states to take steps to ensure positive cases, close contacts, and even pets be quarantined as this is a zoonotic virus (a virus that spreads from animals to humans).

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