Information published on 15 March 2021 in the UIC electronic newsletter "UIC eNews" Nr eNews.

Italy: FS Italiane, Roma Termini hosts the first Italian Vaccination Point in a large railway hub

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Roma Termini station is the first major Italian railway hub to host a Covid-19 vaccination point, in accordance with Italy’s Strategic Vaccination Plan. At full capacity, about 1,500 vaccinations can be issued per day.

The vaccination point, arising from FS Italiane Group’s collaboration with the Lazio Region and the Italian Red Cross, extends around 1,900 square metres outside the railway station, in a section of the parking area in Piazza dei Cinquecento.

Composed of three mobile tents set up in the piazza in front of the station (taking up some 800 square metres), the structure is intended to be used for the various phases of reception, medical history, vaccination and waiting post-vaccine. With 21 vaccine stations, two are dedicated to people with disabilities. Outside, the Italian Red Cross has an emergency healthcare outpost with an ambulance at the ready.

FS Italiane has made available the area owned by FS Sistemi Urbani and, together with Grandi Stazioni Rail, has provided all of the logistical support – the electricity line and supply, water connections, signage and road works, along with the lighting, surveillance and cleaning services for the area.

In addition, the FS Group will make available to the Italian Red Cross additional spaces to set up tent structures to conduct screening activities for people in the stations of Roma Termini, Bari, Bologna, Cagliari, Firenze Santa Maria Novella, Milano Centrale, Napoli Centrale, Palermo, Reggio Calabria, Torino Porta Nuova and Venezia Mestre.

Once up and running at full speed, the initiative will allow up to 540,000 free antigenic tests to be conducted in six months all throughout Italy.

(Source: Ferrovie Dello Stato Italiane)