108-year-old Italian Covid-19 survivor gets vaccine

108-year-old Italian Covid-19 survivor gets vaccine
A resident of the Anni Azzurri care home in Milan receives a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine. Photo: AFP
An Italian centenarian has become one of the oldest people in the world to get the Covid-19 vaccine months after she survived a coronavirus infection.

Fatima Negrini, who is due to turn 109 on June 3rd, received the jab on Monday along with other residents of the Anni Azzurri San Faustino care home in Milan, a spokesman for her care home told AFP.

“The arrival of the vaccine for her and all guests and staff… represents a moment of great happiness and a first step towards a return to peaceful everyday life inside the facility,” said Matteo Tessarollo.

When Negrini shook off the virus last year, the Corriere della Sera newspaper quoted her as saying: “God forgot about me.”

Italy began coronavirus vaccinations on December 27 and has since inoculated 1.15 million people.

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On Monday, a vaccine was also given to Sami Modiano, a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor from Rome, according to regional president and leader of the centre-left  Democratic Party Nicola Zingaretti.

Posting a picture of Modiano getting the jab on Twitter, Zingaretti called it “an image of trust and hope for everybody”.


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