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Italy administers third dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Italy began administering booster doses of the covid-19 vaccine on Monday after the procedure received approval from the country's drug agency, AIFA.

As announced by the Health Ministry earlier this month, a third dose of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines will be offered to people with fragile immune systems, Xinhua reported.

This includes not only immunocompromised people, such as transplant patients, but also older people and nursing home residents. Based on AIFA guidelines, healthcare workers will also receive booster doses.

The third dose will be offered as an option because in Italy vaccination against the coronavirus is strongly recommended but not mandatory.

AIFA recommends administering the third dose at least 28 days after the previous dose in the case of immunocompromised people.

For people over 80 who live in nursing homes and healthcare professionals, the third dose will be considered "a boost to maintain an effective immune response" and should be given at least six months after your last dose.

In general, AIFA and the Ministry of Health have emphasized that the national priority must continue to be that the majority of the population be vaccinated.

As of Monday, about 76 percent of the target population, 12 years and older, had been fully vaccinated and 82 percent had received at least one dose, according to data from the Ministry of Health.

Since the pandemic began in Italy in February 2020, there have been about 4,6 million cases of coronavirus, more than 130.000 deaths and 4,4 million recovered.