A 108-year-old Italian woman who tested positive for coronavirus in May has become one of the oldest people in the world to be vaccinated against COVID-19, her retirement home announced on Monday.
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Fatima Negrini, who will blow out her 109 candles on June 3, received the injection on Monday with other residents, a spokesperson for the Anni Azzurri San Faustino institute in Milan told AFP.
“The arrival of the vaccine for her and all the residents and the staff (…) represents a moment of great joy and a first step towards a return to a peaceful daily life”, underlined Matteo Tessarollo.
When Fatima Negrini defeated the virus last year, the daily Il Corriere della Sera wrote, quoting her: “God forgot me”.
Italy launched its mass vaccination campaign on December 27. In three weeks, 1.15 million Italians were vaccinated, out of a population of 60 million.
On Monday, Sami Modiano, a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor, also received a dose of the vaccine in Rome, said regional president and leader of the (ruling) Democratic Party, Nicola Zingaretti.