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Who is eligible for a Covid-19 vaccine in your region of Italy?

With each of Italy's 20 regions vaccinating on their own timetable, whether you can book a shot depends on where you live. Here's which categories are eligible across the country right now.

Who is eligible for a Covid-19 vaccine in your region of Italy?
Waiting to be vaccinated in Rome. Photo: Tiziana Fabi/AFP

This article was updated on May 28th.

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. 

That’s why over-40s can already get their shots in most parts of the country, but a few others are already onto people in their 30s or even younger. Meanwhile some regions have closed booking for over-80s, health workers and teachers who have already mostly had at least one dose.

Here’s a breakdown of who can currently book a jab in each region of Italy.

Abruzzo

  • Over-40s 
  • People with severe health conditions and disabilities
  • Caregivers and family members of people at high risk
  • Students in their final of high school

Book online here

Basilicata

  • Over-40s 
  • People with comorbidities, severe health conditions or disabilities
  • Caregivers and family members of people at high risk

Book online here.

Calabria

  • Over-40s 
  • People with severe health conditions and disabilities
  • Caregivers and family members of people at high risk

Book online here.

Campania

  • Over-40s
  • People with severe health conditions and disabilities
  • Caregivers and family members of people at high risk

Book online here.

Emilia-Romagna

  • Over-50s
  • People with severe health conditions and disabilities
  • Caregivers and family members of people at high risk
  • Health workers
  • People in care homes
  • School and university employees
  • Members of the armed forces, emergency services, prison wardens
  • From June 3rd: Over-40s
  • From June 7th: People working in the tourism sector

Find out how to book here.

Friuli-Venezia Giulia

  • Over-40s
  • People with comorbidities, severe health conditions or disabilities
  • Caregivers and family members of people at high risk
  • Health workers
  • School and university employees
  • Members of the armed forces, emergency services, Civil Protection volunteers

Find out how to book here.

Vaccinating senior citizens at home in Rome. Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP

Lazio

  • Over-40s
  • People with comorbidities, severe health conditions or disabilities
  • Students in the final year of high school

Book online here.

Liguria

  • Over-40s
  • People with comorbidities, severe health conditions or disabilities
  • Caregivers and family members of people at high risk
  • Police, armed forces, Civil Protection volunteers, prison wardens
  • From June 4th: Over-35s

Book online here.

Lombardy

  • Over-30s
  • Under-30s with comorbidities, severe health conditions or disabilities

Book online here.

Marche

  • Over-40s
  • People with severe health conditions and disabilities
  • Caregivers and family members of people at high risk
  • Health workers
  • School and university employees
  • Members of the armed forces and emergency services

Book online here.

Molise

  • Over-50s
  • People with severe health conditions and disabilities

Book online here.

Piedmont

  • Over-30s
  • Clinically vulnerable people
  • School and university employees
  • Civil Protection volunteers

Book online here.

Health workers in Piedmont give vaccinations door-to-door. Photo by MARCO BERTORELLO / AFP

Puglia

  • Over-50s
  • People with comorbidities, severe health conditions or disabilities
  • Caregivers and family members of people at high risk
  • Health workers
  • School and university employees
  • Members of the armed forces and emergency services

Book online here.

Sardinia

  • Over-40s
  • People with comorbidities, severe health conditions or disabilities
  • Caregivers and family members of people at high risk
  • School employees

Book online here.

Sicily

  • Over-40s
  • People with comorbidities, severe health conditions or disabilities

Book online here.

Autonomous province of Trento

  • Over-50s
  • People with severe health conditions and disabilities
  • Caregivers and family members of people at high risk
  • Members of the armed forces and Civil Protection volunteers
  • Health workers
  • Teachers involved in giving final high school exams

Book online here.

Autonomous province of Bolzano

  • Everybody over 18

Book online here.

Vaccinations aboard a vaporetto in Venice. Photo by ANDREA PATTARO / AFP

Tuscany

  • Over-40s
  • People with comorbidities, severe health conditions or disabilities
  • Caregivers and family members of people at high risk
  • Health workers
  • Members of the police and armed forces

Book online here.

Umbria

  • Over-30s
  • People with severe health conditions and disabilities
  • Caregivers and family members of people at high risk
  • Health workers
  • School and university staff
  • Members of the armed forces, prison wardens

Book online here.

Valle D’Aosta

  • Over-40s
  • People with severe health conditions and disabilities

Those eligible will be contacted by their local health authorities. Find more information here.

Veneto

  • Over-40s 
  • People with comorbidities, severe health conditions or disabilities
  • Caregivers and family members of people at high risk

Book online here.

For more information about getting vaccinated in Italy, check your regional health service’s website (links here) or contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Member comments

  1. Why haven’t Umbria gone far than this?
    Umbria

    Over-70s
    People with severe health conditions and disabilities
    Caregivers and family members of people at high risk
    Health workers

  2. I have arranged an appointment in Rome to have my eyes examined. Then they tell me I need a green card to travel on a train. Then it’s proving very difficult to obtain one. I want to be vaccinated. I want a green card. And would all this be easier in England, or is it just as convoluted there?

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COVID-19

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.

READ ALSO: What tourists in Italy need to know if they get Covid-19

“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.

READ ALSO: At a glance: What are the Covid-19 rules in Italy now?

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].”

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