The Italian Olympic Committee is taking steps to vaccinate its entire team for the Tokyo Games.
About two-thirds of Italians classified for the Games have already been vaccinated against COVID-19 because they are linked to the military. The rest of the athletes, as well as coaches and staff – and even athletes who are still trying to qualify – will start receiving vaccines on Friday, CONI said.
As of Tuesday, 237 Italians have qualified for the Olympics, which open on July 23rd.
Australia also recently announced plans to vaccinate its Olympians.
Athletes traveling to Japan for the Tokyo Olympics will have to stay in a “bubble” consisting of official accommodation, places and training areas and will be tested for coronavirus before and during their stay, but there is no requirement to be vaccinated in advance of the competition.