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The first phase of the obligatory 2021 Census in Portugal began on April 5th with the distribution of letters with the necessary information to respond to the largest statistical operation in the country, covering all homes and all national and foreign citizens residing in Portugal.
This general census of the population and their living conditions takes place every 10 years, in the first year of each decade, and the responses are confidential.
The operation begins with the distribution of letters from the by the National Statistics Institute (INE) to all accommodations in the country, to request each accommodation answer the 2021 Census. These letters, will generally arrive to your post box, and contain the codes and all the necessary information for you to complete the Census via the internet. However some letter will be delivered by INE enumerators on foot.
All parish councils have a list of enumerators who work in their area, INE enumerators are provided with an identification card, INE folder and reflective vest that identifies them as working for the 2021 Census.
The PSP are asking the population to be alert. If you have any doubts regarding any attempted fraud, tyou should contact the parish council, or the security forces, or the INE Helpline on 210 54 20 21. No one, namely the enumerators, can ask / demand any payment for the data collection.
Distribution of the letters to respond to the Censuses will last for two weeks, with completion scheduled for April 18th. As of April 19, the phase of responding to Censuses via the Internet begins, to be completed by May 3rd. Responding to the 2021 Censuses on the Internet is easy, safe and quick for citizens. In the current epidemiological context, this mode of data collection minimizes contacts between enumerators and the population, increasing security.
For citizens who cannot answer via the Internet, INE offers other ways of responding, namely:
• telephone, for groups of the population with greater difficulty in responding via the Internet or who are prevented from face-to-face contact;
• e-counter at Parish Councils, subject to local accessibility conditions and depending on the respective public health situation;
• self-completion of paper questionnaires, delivered by enumerators, who comply with the public health protocol.
The Census conclusion phase will begin on May 31st, in which the enumerators will visit accommodation that has not yet responded.
For login and general enquiries: https://censos2021.ine.pt/
For instructions and to complete the forms, in several languages download here.
Enquiries about form completion, please call 210 54 20 21.
The Municipality of Tavira, together with the Grouping of Health Centres of Sotavento, have created a rapid vaccination centre in the Sports Pavilion of the D. Paio Peres Correia School, which is now ready to open and receive the community to start the Covid vaccination process.
According to the Tavira municipality, "the space, consisting of consists of a waiting and pre-vaccination area with a nursing room, five vaccination stations, as well as a post-vaccination monitoring area with a follow-up room, will have the capacity to vaccinate 50 people per hour and will start its function as soon as the necessary doses for intensive vaccination are available".
Olhão, Faro and Lagoa rapid vaccination centres have also been given the green light to open, however, without adequate stocks of vaccine none of the centres can yet begin functioning. Centres are scheduled to open at the beginning of May.
If you are a resident in Portugal and not yet registered with the Portuguese healthcare system, it is important to do so in order to receive your vaccination. CLICK HERE.
A large whale is stranded, dead on the beach of Santo António in Vila Real de Santo António, and the authorities are analysing how best to remove it.
After received an alert by a member of the public around 9:00am yesterday, the Maritime Police are awaiting support from other entities, such as the municipality, to define how the whale will best be removed, said commander Rui Vasconcelos Duarte.
“We are going to evaluate together with several entities what is going to be done”, said the person in charge, specifying that the whale “is already dead” and now “we have to decide what the whales destiny is” and “how it will be removed from the site”.
Asked if the whale could cause any disruption to navigation, the same source replied that "at the moment, no".
As this footage from a beach in Oregon in 1970 shows, THIS is NOT the way to do it!
Yesterday, April 21st, the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) announced that it has updated the vaccination plan against Covid-19 due to a greater availability of vaccine doses, and will move on to vaccinating people between 16 and 79 years old.
In their released statement the DGS indicates that in Phase 2 of the vaccination plan, instead of the original plan to vaccinate all those over 65 and those between 50 and 65 with a high risk of serious illness or death from Covid-19 due to existing conditions, the two new distinct Phase 2 strategies are "vaccination of lower age groups, up to 16 years old, and of people aged 16 or over and are at risk of serious illness or death from Covid-19, due to existing conditions."
Among the diseases that will give priority to taking the vaccine, regardless of age, are diabetes, severe obesity, active cancer, transplantation and immunosuppression, severe neurological diseases and mental illness.
In addition, those who recovered from Covid-19 infection "more than six months ago" are also included in the second vaccination phase, but can only be vaccinated with one dose, regardless of the vaccine. Vaccination of these people will start as soon as everyone over 60 years old has been vaccinated.
"The Vaccination Plan is dynamic, evolutionary and adaptable to the evolution of scientific knowledge and the timing of the arrival in Portugal of the different vaccines against Covid-19", explains the DGS spokesperson, stressing that the objective is "to save lives, by reducing mortality and hospitalisations, and preserving the resilience of the health system and the response system to the pandemic”.
As of today, self-scheduling of the vaccination against Covid-19 is available for people over 65 years of age, through an internet portal created for the purpose.
It is possible to choose the place where the person wants to be vaccinated, but is solely for the age group 65+.
CLICK HERE to visit the portal.
"When users make this option, they are presented with the first available date, and users can accept it or choose a more convenient one" stated Shared Services of the Ministry of Health that developed the platform.
In the event that there are no vacancies available, users can choose to stay on the waiting list at that vaccination point or choose a date at another vaccination point.
Subsequently, the user who made this registration will receive an SMS with the precise time when they will be vaccinated on the day and at the chosen vaccination point. The sending of the message is dependent on whether the user has not yet been summoned for vaccination, or has not contracted Covid-19.
According to the weekly vaccination report, released by the DGS on Tuesday, 2,015,225 people have already taken the first dose, while 689,329, representing 7% of the population, already have complete vaccination against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
By age group, 91% of the elderly over 80 years old (617,566 people) are already vaccinated with the first dose and 58% (394,186) have already received both doses of the vaccine.
In the age group between 65 and 79 years old, 42% (669,263) also received the first dose of the drug, a percentage that drops to just 4% (59,658) with regard to the two doses.
Of the group of people between 50 and 64 years old, 16% (355,519) took the first dose and 4% (84,810) had the complete vaccination against Covid-19, while in the age group 25 to 49 years 10% (345,865) ) have already received their first dose and 4% (138,923) are fully vaccinated.
Lisbon and the Tagus Valley is now the region where the most vaccines were administered, with a total of 888,770 doses, followed by the North (876,591), the Central region (553,844), the Alentejo (166,527), the Algarve (97,785) , Madeira (69,737) and the Azores (48,495).
With regard to vaccination coverage, 11% of the population of Alentejo already have the complete vaccination, followed by the Centre with 9%, Madeira with 8%, the Azores with 7% and the North, Lisbon, Vale do Tejo and the Algarve, all with 6%.
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