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A vaccination center in Rome in May. Photo: Fabrizio Villa/Getty Images

Health authorities in Italy are attempting to vaccinate "people on the margins of society, the most fragile," by holding overnight vaccine drives in the Lazio region, which includes Rome, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: Italy's National Institute for Health, Migration and Poverty has estimated there are at least 700,000 people in the country who are not registered with the national health service and may lack access to the country’s coronavirus vaccination campaign.

Doctors and nurses vaccinated homeless people, undocumented migrants, foreign students and foreigners who legally work in Rome but can't access vaccines at a vaccine initiative organized by the Santo Spirito hospital in Rome on Saturday and Sunday.

  • They received the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, since they may difficult to reach for a second dose of vaccine.
  • To help draw people to the site, a jazz pianist played on Saturday night and espresso and cornetti were offered on Sunday morning.

The big picture: As of Sunday, just over 20 million people in Italy were fully vaccinated, which is roughly 33% of the country's total population, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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Oct 13, 2021 - Health

J&J booster confusion ahead

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

Data collected by the National Institutes of Health show that people who received a shot of Johnson & Johnson's coronavirus vaccine have a stronger neutralizing antibody response if they receive an mRNA shot instead of a second J&J one, according to a person who has seen the data.

Yes, but: J&J has asked the FDA to authorize a second shot of its own vaccine, which could make any attempt to authorize mix-and-matching vaccines confusing for the public.

Updated Oct 19, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

  1. Vaccines: Mix-and-matching gains momentum — Boosters overtake first doses in U.S. — Pfizer to vaccinate Brazilian cityPanel endorses J&J booster.
  2. Health: Age is still a huge coronavirus risk factor — Unvaccinated 11x more likely to die from COVID — 5x more police officers died from COVID than guns.
  3. Politics: Over 30 states limited public health powers — Pope Francis calls on companies to release vaccine patents — Melbourne, "world's most locked-down city," to lift stay-at-home orders.
  4. Education: Education secretary reveals limits to Biden’s mask push on states — LA extends deadline for school employee vaccinations — Parent sues Wisconsin school district after child tests positive.
  5. Variant tracker: Where different strains are spreading.
Oct 12, 2021 - Health

Judge rules New York must allow religious exemptions in health care worker vaccine mandate

Health care workers protest against being forced to get the COVID-19 vaccine outside the New York State Office Building in Hauppauge, New York. Photo: Alejandra Villa Loarca/Newsday RM via Getty Images

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that New York state must allow for religious exemptions in its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers.

Why it matters: The move is a new obstacle in the course of Gov. Kathy M. Hochul’s effort to require inoculation for all health care workers.