Churches, museums become vaccination centres in Italy

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Italy plans to speed up its vaccination campaign against Covid-19 using churches and museums to administer the injections. The region and church representatives had made a special agreement for this, ANSA reported.

According to the Corriere della Sera newspaper, people in Venice will be vaccinated on a converted vaporetto, a water taxi, from Monday that will dock at a specific location to administer the jab to those over age 80.

In Monza, in Lombardy, premises at the grandstand of the motor racing circuit would also be used on two weekends.

In Naples in southern Italy, on the other hand, several museums are joining in, according to reports, cited by dpa. Some of the vaccinated people could perhaps spend the resting period after the jab among the paintings.

On the island of Sicily, a vaccination campaign was under way in numerous Catholic churches and parishes. Sicilians could take part in church rituals and be vaccinated at the same time.

So far, more than 11 million doses have been administered in the country of 60 million. Italy has set itself the goal of vaccinating 80% of the population by the end of the summer.

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