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COVID-19 VACCINES

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

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

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

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 coverage high, a second booster shot is now recommended for over-60s, with more age groups expected to be eligible by the end of summer.

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.

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).

READ ALSO: Fourth jabs and isolation: Italy’s plan to control Covid cases this summer

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

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.

Member comments

  1. Why are any links provided not presented in English? English speakers are your clients, not Italians. Please translate everything.

  2. as an italian citizen living abroad , i can not register on any of the sites for a vaccination while in italy

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COVID-19 VACCINES

Italy opens Covid booster jab bookings from Monday

Regional health services in Italy will open bookings for Covid-19 booster shots to priority groups from Monday as the first deliveries of updated vaccines arrived in the country.

Italy opens Covid booster jab bookings from Monday

“From Monday, September 12th, bookings for the new dual-strain vaccines can begin at the regional level,” said director general of the Italian Medicines Agency (Aifa), Nicola Magrini, at a health ministry press conference on Friday.

Booster shots will not be mandatory and will be offered to priority groups first, health authorities confirmed.

READ ALSO: Italy gives green light to new dual-strain Covid vaccines

“The arrival of the new vaccines should strengthen the conviction of those who have to take the fourth dose because of their age or because they have other conditions,” Magrini said. 

Aifa on Monday approved the Comirnaty (Pfizer) and Spikevax (Moderna) dual-strain vaccines, which are effective against both the original strain and the more recent Omicron variants.

Italy will receive 19 million doses of the new vaccines in September, said Franco Locatelli, president of Italy’s Higher Health Council (ISS), at the press conference. 

The updated vaccines have been shown to “generate an antibody response against the Omicron Ba4 and 5 variants, which are the prevalent ones,” he said.

They represent “96 percent of all strains isolated in Italy so far”, he said.

Italian healthcare workers preparing doses of Covid vaccine.

The new dual-strain vaccines will be offered first to at-risk patients, including people aged over 60 and care home residents. Photo by Marco BERTORELLO / AFP

Covid vaccines “have been a triumph of science and medicine” and “have saved millions of lives”, Locatelli added.

Booster jabs are currently recommended for those in higher-risk categories as Italy begins its autumn vaccination campaign.

Priority will be given to those who are still waiting to receive a second booster dose (the so-called fourth dose); therefore over-60s and people with health conditions that make them more susceptible to developing more severe forms of the Covid-19 disease, according to the latest memo from the health ministry.

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

Magrini said the priority list also includes “health workers, pregnant women, and residents of facilities for the elderly”.

But “it can also be administered to those under 60 who ask for it,” he added.

Booster shots can only be administered to those who received their last dose at least 120 days (about four months) earlier.

The vaccination campaign is expected to be expanded to all over-12s who have only completed the initial vaccination cycle. For this category, the new booster shot would be their third dose.

How do you book a booster shot?

As in previous vaccination campaigns, each regional health authority will manage their own local vaccination programmes, including their timing.

Bookings should work in much the same way as before, with patients being able to book their appointments through GPs, pharmacies or their ASL’s website where available.

Shots can be administered by family doctors as well as at designated vaccination hubs in more densely populated areas.

The autonomous province of Trentino said it will begin administering jabs immediately from Monday and will allow residents to begin booking jabs from Saturday, September 10th.

Other regions and autonomous provinces are expected to announce their plans in the coming days.

For further information on availability and reservation in your region, see the official vaccination booking website.

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