MAPS: Which regions of Italy are vaccinating people fastest?

These charts show what percentage of the population in each region of Italy has been vaccinated against Covid-19.

MAPS: Which regions of Italy are vaccinating people fastest?
Home vaccinations in northern Italy. Photo: Marco Bertorello / AFP

Looking at the sheer number of vaccinations per region, densely populated Lombardy is way out in front, followed by Lazio, the region of Rome.

Unsurprisingly, Molise and Valle D’Aosta – Italy’s two least populated regions – are at the bottom of the table.

But when you look at what percentage of its total population each region has fully vaccinated so far, a different picture emerges.

The percentage of Italy’s total population of around 60 million fully vaccinated to date is 4.5 percent, according to the GIMBE Foundation, an independent health think tank that has compared the Italian government’s official vaccination data with population statistics.

By this measure Valle D’Aosta is actually at the top, alongside Friuli Venezia Giulia (5.8 percent of residents fully vaccinated in each), while Calabria (3.6 percent) and Sardinia (3.5 percent) come last.

Most regions of Italy are currently focusing on vaccinating people aged 80 and over, and the percentage of this age group that has had both shots is much higher: according to the government’s breakdown of vaccination data by category, 23.52 percent of over-80s across Italy have been fully vaccinated.

Breaking it down by region, the figures show that the region of Trentino-Alto Adige/South Tyrol has fully vaccinated the highest percentage of its over-80s (around 41 percent in the autonomous province of Trento and 36 percent in the autonomous province of Bolzano), followed by Basilicata (nearly 35 percent).

Sardinia is still in last place (around 6 percent), but second to last comes Tuscany (just over 10 percent).

But nearly half of Italy’s population aged 80 or over has had their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine: 48.74 percent or more than 2.1 million people, according to the government’s data.

Nearly 70 percent of all people in nursing homes have been fully vaccinated, along with 75 percent of health workers, and just under 1 percent of teachers and school staff .

Find out how to register for vaccination in your region of Italy here.

Member comments

  1. The Local’s infographics are usually quite good, but all three of these have problems, prompting me to comment. The point of stacked bar graphs is to illustrate when one portion of the bar is a constituent of the larger-magnitude measure so you can get a quick sense of that proportion. This would have been better executed as the injected as the dark bar, then an extended lighter portion illustrating the not injected, with the total length therefore illustrating the total delivered.

    In both maps, some regions (specifically PA Trento and Bolzano) are incorrectly color coded based on their percentages, suggesting that they are doing worse.

  2. How is the unused vaccines do high!!! Clearly distribution is a huge, huge issue. Where is the urgency? Where’s the army? Where’s the temporary mass vaccination centres?
    Plus the other huge issue is sticking to a 4 week 2nd dose is going to kill hundreds of people in their 60’s/70’s instead of going to a 12 week interval. Death and serious illness is the problem and 1 vaccine shot cuts that out.
    Why oh why allow more people to die and this absurd fascination with “full” vaccination. It also prolongs the necessity for lockdown and increases the economic damage.
    This seems to be the most incredible lack of guts and leadership.

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Covid-19: Are Italian live events at risk of being postponed?

As the infection rate rises sharply across the country, Italian virologists are calling for concerts and festivals to be rescheduled.

Covid-19: Are Italian live events at risk of being postponed?

Italy has seen a large increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in recent days, so much so that a number of virologists across the country are now urging the government to postpone major live events in a bid to curb infections. 

According to a new report by Italy’s independent health watchdog, the Gimbe Foundation, 595,349 new cases were recorded in the week from June 29th to July 5th; a worrying 55 percent increase on the previous week. 

In the same time span, the country also registered a 32.8 percent rise in the number of hospitalised patients, which went from 6,035 to 8,003.  

The latest Covid wave, which is being driven by the highly contagious Omicron 5 variant, is a “real cause for concern”, especially in terms of a “potential patient overload”, said Nino Cartabellotta, president of the Gimbe Foundation. 

As Italian cities prepare to host a packed calendar of concerts and festivals this summer, health experts are questioning whether such events should actually take place given the high risk of transmission associated with mass gatherings.

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“Rescheduling these types of events would be the best thing to do right now,” said Massimo Ciccozzi, Director of Epidemiology at Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome. 

The summer wave is expected to peak in mid-July but, Ciccozzi warns, the upcoming live events might “delay [the peak] until the end of July or even beyond” and extend the infection curve.

Antonello Maruotti, Professor of Statistics at LUMSA University of Rome, recently shared Ciccozzi’s concerns, saying that live events as big as Maneskin’s scheduled Rome concert are “definitely not a good idea”. 

The Italian rock band are slated to perform at the Circus Maximus on Saturday, July 9th but the expected turnout – over 70,000 fans are set to attend the event – has raised objections from an array of Italian doctors, with some warning that the concert might cause as many as 20,000 new cases.

If it were to materialise, the prospected scenario would significantly aggravate Lazio’s present medical predicament as there are currently over 186,000 Covid cases in the region (nearly 800 patients are receiving treatment in local hospitals). 

Italian rock band Maneskin performing in Turin

Italian rock band Maneskin are expected to perform at the Circus Maximus in Rome on Saturday, July 9th. Photo by Marco BERTORELLO / AFP

But, despite pleas to postpone the event, it is likely that Maneskin’s concert will take place as scheduled.

Alessandro Onorato, Rome’s Tourism Councillor, said that rescheduling is “out of question” and that “all recommendations from the local medical authorities will be adopted” with the help of the event’s organisers and staff on the ground.

At the time of writing, there is also no indication that the Italian government will consider postponing other major live events scheduled to take place in the coming weeks, though the situation is evolving rapidly and a U-turn on previous dispositions can’t be ruled out.

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On this note, it is worth mentioning that Italy has now scrapped all of its former Covid measures except the requirement to wear FFP2 face masks on public transport (though not on planes) and in healthcare settings.

The use of face coverings is, however, still recommended in all crowded areas, including outdoors – exactly the point that leading Italian doctors are stressing in the hope that live events will not lead to large-scale infection.

Antonio Magi, President of Rome’s OMCEO (College of Doctors, Surgeons and Dentists), said: “Our advice is to wear FFP2 masks […] in high-risk situations.”

“I hope that young people will heed our recommendations and think about the health risks that their parents or grandparents might be exposed to after the event [they attend].”