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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 face mask rule on flights in Europe set to be eased

The mandatory EU-wide mask requirement for air travel is set to be dropped from Monday, May 16th, but airlines may still require passengers to wear masks on some or all flights

Covid face mask rule on flights in Europe set to be eased

Europe-wide facemask rules on flights are set to be ditched as early as next week in light of new recommendations from health and air safety experts.

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) dropped recommendations for mandatory mask-wearing in airports and during flights in updated Covid-19 safety measures for travel issued on Wednesday, May 11th.

The new rules are expected to be rolled out from Monday, May 16th, but airlines may still continue to require the wearing of masks on some or all of flights. And the updated health safety measures still say that wearing a face mask remains one of the best ways to protect against the transmission of the virus.

The joint EASA/ECDC statement reminded travellers that masks may still be required on flights to destinations in certain countries that still require the wearing of masks on public transport and in transport hubs.

It also recommends that vulnerable passengers should continue to wear a face mask regardless of the rules, ideally an FFP2/N95/KN95 type mask which offers a higher level of protection than a standard surgical mask.

“From next week, face masks will no longer need to be mandatory in air travel in all cases, broadly aligning with the changing requirements of national authorities across Europe for public transport,” EASA executive director Patrick Ky said in the statement. 

“For passengers and air crews, this is a big step forward in the normalisation of air travel. Passengers should however behave responsibly and respect the choices of others around them. And a passenger who is coughing and sneezing should strongly consider wearing a face mask, for the reassurance of those seated nearby.”  

ECDC director Andrea Ammon added: “The development and continuous updates to the Aviation Health Safety Protocol in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic have given travellers and aviation personnel better knowledge of the risks of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and its variants. 

“While risks do remain, we have seen that non-pharmaceutical interventions and vaccines have allowed our lives to begin to return to normal. 

“While mandatory mask-wearing in all situations is no longer recommended, it is important to be mindful that together with physical distancing and good hand hygiene it is one of the best methods of reducing transmission. 

“The rules and requirements of departure and destination states should be respected and applied consistently, and travel operators should take care to inform passengers of any required measures in a timely manner.”

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