Italy's first COVID-19 case was diagnosed in Codogno in February.
The outbreak then ripped through the country, Europe and the rest of the world.
But on Sunday (December 27), Italy kicked off vaccinations with health workers lining up to take the first shots of the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine.
Nurse Lucia Premoli took care of 'patient 1' back in February and on Sunday she was one of the health workers at the head of the queue for the shot.
Vaccine doses also reached Bergamo, one of Lombardy's worst-affected cities, as Europe launched a mass COVID-19 vaccination drive.