IN CHARTS: Who is Italy vaccinating fastest?

Compare what percentage of over-80s, over-70s, nursing home residents, health workers and teachers have been vaccinated in each region of Italy so far.

IN CHARTS: Who is Italy vaccinating fastest?
Waiting to be vaccinated at a centre in Rome. Photo: Andreas Solaro/AFP

According to the latest official figures, Italy has administered more than 13.5 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines and fully immunized some 4 million people.

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The largest share of those are people aged 80 and over (more than 3.1 million of whom have had at least one dose), followed by health workers (1.7 million). 

But while that represents more than 90 percent of health workers, it’s less than 70 percent of all the over-80s in Italy.

The priority categories closest to reaching full coverage are health workers and the residents and staff of nursing homes. 

Looking at the figures by region, most parts of Italy have given the large majority of their healthcare workers at least one jab.

In several regions – Abruzzo, Campania, Lazio, Lombardy, Molise, Sardinia, Tuscany and Valle D’Aosta – 100 percent of health workers have already had at least the first dose. 

The picture is similar for staff and residents of nursing homes, who were the second priority group after health workers to start getting vaccinated in Italy.

Almost every region has given at least three-quarters of this category their first jab, while around half of Italy’s 20 regions have already reached 100 percent.

The variation between regions starts to become greater when it comes to the percentage of over-80s that have had their first dose, which ranges from 86 percent in the autonomous province of Trento to around 45 percent in Sicily. 

The differences are even bigger for school staff: just under 40 percent of people working in schools have had a shot in Liguria, while the small region of Molise has already got the first dose to more than 99 percent of its school employees. 

The category with the lowest coverage across all regions is 70-79 year olds, who have only recently become eligible for a jab in most parts of the country. 

Veneto is the furthest ahead so far, having given 37 percent of this age group at least one shot, while slowest is Basilicata at less than 3 percent.

These charts were created using data provided by the Italian government in its weekly vaccination report, last released on April 10th.

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‘Stressed’ nurse gave four, not six, doses of Pfizer vaccine to Italian woman

A 23-year-old woman who was mistakenly injected with too many shots of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine was given four, rather than six doses, Italian health authorities said Tuesday.

'Stressed' nurse gave four, not six, doses of Pfizer vaccine to Italian woman
A patient was given four doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine in a correction by health authorities. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP)

The woman received the extra doses from a nurse who failed to dilute the doses, injecting her by accident with three more than intended.   

Health authorities initially said the woman, a clinical psychology intern, received six doses, but corrected their mistake on Tuesday.

They added that the discovery that it was four was “important” because Pfizer has previously run tests on the simultaneous injection of four doses.

Those tests found no “particular consequences” for patients, a local health body in the central Italian region of Tuscany said in a statement Tuesday.

The accidental injection took place on Sunday in a hospital in Massa city in northwestern Tuscany. The mistake was immediately noticed and the patient was kept under observation.

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She was discharged after 24 hours and “is feeling fine but is still closely monitored”, the health authority said.

In an interview with Corriere della Sera newspaper, the woman, identified only by her first name Virginia, said that after the incident she had a headache, felt exhausted and shivered.

She said she had no plans to press charges, adding: “These things can happen, we all make mistakes, no harm was meant.”

The health authority blamed the mistake on human error, saying the nurse was stressed, and that it was working to ensure it could not happen again. 

Overdoses of the Pfizer vaccine have previously been reported in the United States, Australia, Germany and Israel.

READ ALSO: Italy opens Covid vaccinations to over-50s from Monday 

While Italy’s national vaccination plan sets priority groups that each region is supposed to stick to, regional health authorities have some freedom to set their own schedule according to their population and the doses available, meaning eligibility varies from one part of the country to another.

After months of setbacks and delays, Italy’s vaccination programme now appears to be speeding up.

Italy recently hit its target of administering half a million jabs in one day, and the seven-day average daily number of vaccinations given in the country is now around 460,000 – up from 433,000 the week before, the latest figures show.