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COVID-19 VACCINES

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

As Italy rolls 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 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”.

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

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’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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