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Where and how to book a Covid-19 vaccine booster shot in Italy

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Where and how to book a Covid-19 vaccine booster shot in Italy
Here's where to register for a coronavirus vaccination in Italy. Photo: Marco Bertorello/AFP

As Italy rolls out second Covid booster shots to more of the population, here's how to book an appointment in your region.

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Italy has a relatively high rate of Covid vaccination coverage, with more than 90 percent of the population over 12 years old vaccinated with at least two doses according to official figures.

As the country pushes to keep this figure up, the national medicines regulator Aifa in September approved the use of new bivalent or dual-strain Covid vaccines designed to protect against both Omicron and the original strain of the coronavirus.

Health authorities recommended this booster for over-60s as well as vulnerable groups including “health workers, pregnant women, and residents of facilities for the elderly”.

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Aifa head Nicola Magrini said under-60s could also request a booster if they wanted one.

This appears to mean availability for under-60s varies, but booster jabs are being offered to all over-12s in a number of Italian regions.

How do I book my booster jab?

Whether you need a first, second, third or fourth dose, jabs are normally available by appointment only.

The availability of fourth doses will vary by region, as each local health authority is responsible for managing the timing of its own vaccination campaign.

READ ALSO: What is Italy’s Covid vaccination plan this autumn?

A booking can be made via pharmacies or family doctors, and via regional booking websites where available.

See the government’s ‘prenotazione vaccino‘ (vaccine booking) website for links to regional authorities’ appointment reservation platforms. (The site is only available in Italian).

You will be asked to choose where to go for your shot when you book your appointment. You can find a list of vaccination centres by region at the bottom of this page.

Depending on your circumstances, you will be asked for your codice fiscale (tax code) and/or your tessera sanitaria (health card).

Throughout the pandemic, many non-Italian citizens who are not registered with the Italian national health service have reported facing bureaucratic obstacles when booking a vaccination appointment. However, more regional authorities are now making provisions for those who don't have a tessera sanitaria. If this is your situation, see more guidance on making a booking here.

For more information, check the official websites listed below.

Unfortunately, these local authority websites and phone numbers are usually only available in Italian; if you require more assistance with making a booking in Italy you may need to contact your healthcare provider.

Abruzzo

Basilicata

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Calabria

Campania

Emilia-Romagna

Friuli-Venezia Giulia

Lazio

Liguria

Lombardy

Marche

Molise

Piedmont

Puglia

Sardinia

Sicily

Autonomous province of Trento

Autonomous province of Bolzano

Tuscany

Umbria

Valle D'Aosta

Veneto

  • Regional vaccination information
  • Eligible residents will be contacted by their doctor or local health authority
  • Online registration due to become available from March 30th

Please note The Local cannot advise on individual cases. For specific advice, please contact your local health authority or a medical professional.

For more information about Italy's vaccination campaign, see the Italian health ministry’s website.

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Anonymous 2021/06/24 10:41
as an italian citizen living abroad , i can not register on any of the sites for a vaccination while in italy
Anonymous 2021/03/08 18:29
Why are any links provided not presented in English? English speakers are your clients, not Italians. Please translate everything.

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