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Reader question: Do I need to update my Italian green pass after a booster shot?

Had your Covid-19 booster jab and wondering what to do next? Here's what you need to know about updating your Italian 'green pass'.

A customer shows her green pass on a mobile phone in a central Rome bar on August 6, 2021.
A customer shows her green pass on a mobile phone in a central Rome bar on August 6, 2021. Andreas SOLARO / AFP

People in Italy have been rushing to get their booster shots after the government on February 1st slashed the validity of its ‘super’ green pass health certificate to six months for those who have had only two doses – and announced that passes updated after a booster shot will remain valid indefinitely.

READ ALSO: How to get a Covid-19 vaccine booster shot in Italy

But do you need to take action to receive your updated your pass once you’ve had the booster?

The answer is yes – but you don’t have to do much.

When you get your booster in Italy your personal data should be uploaded to the national health ministry database, which will then release an updated ‘super’ green pass automatically. 

You’ll need this new version because your green pass’s QR code is linked to a specific vaccination event. Even if you’ve had the booster shot, your previous QR code doesn’t contain that information, so you need an updated one that does. 

“If you have had a booster dose of vaccine, remember that a new Covid-19 green certification will be issued,” the health ministry’s official green pass website says. “You will receive a message via SMS or email with a new AUTHCODE code to download it.”

The process for downloading the certificate should be the same as the one by which you obtained your initial green pass, which can be any of the following:

  • Directly on the government’s digital green pass website, provided you have either a CIE (Electronic ID Card), SPID (Sistema Pubblico di Identità Digitale or ‘Public Digital Identity System’) ID, or an Italian health card (tessera sanitaria).
  • By entering your authorisation code into the Immuni or IO app installed on your phone; 
  • By accessing your region’s Electronic Health Record (Fascicolo Sanitario Elettronico), in regions that provide this service;
  • By going to a medical professional such as a doctor or pharmacist and providing them with your tax code (codice fiscale) and health card number – they will then be able to give you your green pass either in digital or print format.

What if I have trouble accessing my new green pass?

The Italian health ministry’s official green pass website says that if you do not receive your new AUTHCODE automatically “within 48 hours of vaccination you can try to retrieve it yourself on this site.”

For foreign residents who are not registered with the national health service, the process is likely to be a little more complicated.

The Italian government’s digital green pass website instructs foreign nationals in Italy who don’t have an Italian health card or who were vaccinated abroad to register their vaccine with their local health office or Asl (Azienda Sanitaria Locale).

To do this, you’ll need to email your Asl with proof of your most recent vaccination, a copy of your ID, and any other details requested by the office. You can then request an authorisation code that can be used to download the green pass via any of the methods listed above.

For those who aren’t registered with the Italian health system but were vaccinated in Italy, you should be able to download your pass directly from the digital green pass website by inputting whichever ID number the vaccination centre accepted from you (such as your tax code) and the date on which you were vaccinated.

If this doesn’t work, you’ll likely need to make a phone call to your regional health authority or speak to your doctor or pharmacist to see how they can help you access your updated pass.

Find more information about Covid-19 vaccinations in Italy and the green pass system on the Italian health ministry’s website (available in English) and the official green pass website.

Member comments

  1. My IO app was updated automatically a couple of days after the booster. I don’t have a tessera. Just make sure the computer operator at the vaccine centre has your code from the first vaccines (and has updated the national system before you leave, or you get something in writing with a code), especially if it is from another region.

  2. They sent me a link by email shortly after the booster shot and I was able to download the updated Green Pass without any problem. My old pass continued to work fine while waiting for the update. Overall, the vaccinations and passes have been a flawless and easy process for me.

  3. I have my two previous vaccine jabs in the Netherlands but live now in Italy and need to get my booster shot here.
    Do they register the booster shot now on a new Italian QR app?

    1. I was boosted (2 first vaxxes elsewhere) in December here. I’m a dual citizen registered in AIRE. It wasn’t easy, took almost a full week of dedication and traveling to another province to accomplish it. The Lazio ASL site simply doesn’t work, altho it has the sections that would have been applicable for my booking the vax. I now have all of my jabs recorded in Italy and do have my Super Green Pass. If I can DM you any advice or suggestions would be happy to do so. I spent hours looking online for the kind of info that I now have after accomplishing the above.

    2. (new here and see there is no DM function so providing some more info — ) I tried to do my booster in Lazio/ASL. Hopeless, even visited an office/bureaucrat in person. Took a try at booking a booster appointment on the Toscana site and it worked on the first try. The entire process was way more involved and, I imagine, will depend on where you are located. If in the Rome area, I doubt that they have it sorted out now, either. Doctors and pharmacists were also zero help. If you have a codice fiscale, you will be able to book a vax appointment.

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COVID-19 VACCINES

First batches of Novavax Covid vaccine to arrive in Italy

Italy will begin to administer the new anti-Covid vaccine in the coming days, as millions of doses are scheduled for dispatch across the country and in other EU nations.

First batches of Novavax Covid vaccine to arrive in Italy

People in Italy aged 18 and over are now eligible to get vaccinated against Covid-19 with ‘Nuvaxovid’ – the name of the new Covid vaccine from the company Novavax.

Around one million doses are initially due to arrive in Italy by the end of February, according to Italian media reports.

Some 100 million initial doses in total have been shipped to Italy and other EU countries from the company’s Dutch distribution centre, the US medical company announced in a statement.

It’s hoped that Novavax could offer a more attractive alternative for previously unvaccinated people who are sceptical about the mRNA and vector vaccines.

“It’s a protein vaccine, like the flu vaccines,” said Italian medicines agency director Nicola Magrini earlier in February. “It will be a small supplement compared to the other mRna vaccines. Some seem to prefer it.”

READ ALSO: When and how will Italy offer a fourth Covid-19 vaccine dose?

Some regions of Italy have already opened bookings for the new vaccine, noted Italian newspaper La Repubblica.

The Marche region and Lombardy, for example, have started accepting vaccine bookings for the new inoculation, while Emilia Romagna is set to offer vaccine hubs with the new jab.

Each regional healthcare system can decide how it will administer the shot, so people looking to book their dose will need to check their region of residence’s guidelines. Find links here.

On a national level, Italy’s Ministry of Health has published a circular with instructions on the vaccine’s use ahead of its delivery.

Novavax, whose trade name is ‘Nuvaxovid’, has so far only been approved for the primary cycle. The first and second doses are given three weeks apart, while approval is pending for the third dose.

READ ALSO: How to try to get a Covid-19 vaccine without a health card in your region of Italy

A medical worker prepares a dose of Novavax

A medical worker prepares a dose of Novavax’s Covid vaccine for vaccination during a trial at St George’s University Hospital in London. Photo: picture alliance/dpa/AP | Alastair Grant

Nuvaxovid is a so-called protein vaccine which contains coronavirus-like particles that stimulate the immune system to produce defence antibodies and T-cells against SARS-CoV-2 – that is, white blood cells specialised to fight the virus to protect against Covid-19.

The ministry’s circular states that, “the duration of protection offered by the vaccine is not known, as it is still being determined in ongoing clinical trials”.

“None of the components of this vaccine can cause Covid-19,” the circular reads.

READ ALSO: Reader question: Do I need to update my Italian green pass after a booster shot?

“Protection may not be complete until seven days after administration of the second dose. As with all vaccines, vaccination with Nuvaxovid may not protect all vaccinees,” it added.

Its efficacy, calculated during the trials, is 90 percent in preventing symptomatic disease, slightly lower than for the RNA vaccines, which reached 95 percent.

Tests were carried out before the arrival of the Omicron variant, however. It is possible that the protection of Novavax has dropped a little since then.

The vaccine rollout follows its approval by the Italian Medicines Agency (AIFA) in December, after the European Medicines Agency (EMA) gave the go-ahead just days before.

Find more information about Italy’s Covid-19 vaccination campaign on the Italian health ministry’s website (available in English).

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