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Today, the official source of the task force for the vaccination announced that, on Saturday, Portugal surpassed five million vaccines administered against the Covid-19.
According to the communication office of the task force, the number covers mainland Portugal and the regions of the Azores and Madeira.
In the specific case of mainland Portugal, the five million vaccines administered are expected to be reached on Monday evening or Tuesday, the same source said.
In mainland Portugal, the total number of vaccines administered was, at 4:30 pm on Sunday, about 4,939,000, of which about 3,358,000 first doses and close to 1,581,000 with complete vaccination.
On Saturday, the coordinator of the task force for vaccination against Covid-19, Gouveia e Melo, said that on August 8th, 70% of the population will have had at least one dose of the vaccine.
"If everything goes well, if the vaccines arrive, so we have the vaccines that we think we have available, on August 8th, we will have 70% of the population with at least one dose," said Vice Admiral Gouveia e Melo, in Leiria.
In Portugal, 17,017 people have died from 845,224 confirmed cases of infection, according to the most recent bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health.
The Government have announced that they will accelerate vaccination against Covid-19 "at a national level", and not just in Lisbon, extending it to people over 40 from June 6th, and over 30 years old from June 20th.
In a message published on the official government Twitter account last night, the executive wrote that, due to the "good pace of the Anti-COVID Vaccination Plan19 and the availability of vaccines, it has been decided to accelerate the vaccination at national level".
The Government also stated that "the extension of vaccination to new age groups" will start from June 6th for "people over 40" and, from June 20th, for "people over 30", "throughout the continental territory".
On Tuesday, the Assistant Secretary of State and Health, António Lacerda Sales, had announced that vaccination against Covid-19 was going to be accelerated in Lisbon and Vale do Tejo, in the 40s and 30s, following an increase in infections.
The announcement of the opening of vaccination at national level for these age groups came hours after the Mayor of Porto demanded equal treatment for the whole country, accusing the Government of benefitting "the offender", by accelerating the campaign in the region of Lisbon and Tagus Valley, due to an increase in infections.
"There cannot be one country and then there is Lisbon. There must be a single country and we must demand equal treatment for Portugal as a whole nation," said Rui Moreira, in a video statement published on the Chamber's official website. from Porto.
"What I wanted to say clearly to the Government and to the competent authorities is that we demand an equal treatment for the whole country in this matter", he reiterated.
After the announcement by the Secretary of State, the coordinator of the 'task force' for vaccination, Vice Admiral Henrique Gouveia e Melo, also confirmed that the extension to the age groups of 30 and 40 years will take place at a "national level" ", and not just in the Lisbon region.
Gouveia e Melo told the Publico newspaper that the vaccination in Lisbon and Vale do Tejo will, in fact, be reinforced, as it is lagging behind other regions of the country, such as the Alentejo and the central region, but reiterated that this is already being done in the Algarve and added that there will also be a reinforcement of vaccines in the North, "but keeping the same age schedule".
“Our plan is national and we are recovering the regions [percentage] that are lagging behind and this will also include the North. The idea is to always have the regions balanced because it is the fairest. When talking about accelerating, it is giving more vaccines, but keeping the same age schedule ”, he assured.
In Portugal, 17,021 people have died from 845,840 confirmed cases of infection, according to the most recent bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health.
More than half a million vaccines against Covid-19 were administered in the last week in Portugal, which has 34% of the population with the first dose taken, said today the Directorate-General for Health (DGS).
According to the weekly vaccination report released by the DGS, 3,526,688 people are already vaccinated with the first dose and 1,654.55 have already completed the vaccination, with a total of 516,911 doses being administered in the last week.
The vaccination of the age group of people over 80 years old has changed slightly compared to the previous week, with 96% (646,721 elderly people) now with the first dose already administered and 90% (607,257) with the two doses taken.
In the age group between 65 and 79 years, 92% of the people in this group (1,471,719) have already received the first dose, a percentage that drops to 30% (473,148) with regard to complete vaccination.
In the group between 50 and 64 years old, 44% (941,130) have already been vaccinated for the first time and another 13% (285,780) have already received two doses of vaccine against Covid-19.
By regions, DGS data indicates that the North continues to lead in the number of vaccines administered, with a total of 1,756,275 doses, closely followed by Lisbon and Vale do Tejo, where 1,705,909 doses have already been administered.
The Central region is the third region in the country where most people received the vaccine (983,974), followed by Alentejo (292,725), Algarve (199,146), Madeira (132,162) and the Azores (107,122).
With regard to the vaccination coverage of the population by regions, Alentejo leads in the percentage of people who have already received a dose of the vaccine (41%), while the Centre has 40%.
Madeira is in the third position with 36% of the population with a dose taken, followed by the North with 34%, Lisbon and Vale do Tejo and the Azores with 32% and the Algarve with 31%.
Since vaccination against Covid-19 began on 27 December 2020, Portugal has already received 5,728,470 vaccines, having been distributed to vaccination posts in the mainland and to the autonomous regions 5,126,418 doses.
Last night, the Albufeira GNR seized a bottle of nitrous oxide, known as "laughing gas", from an Albufeira nightclub.
Nitrous oxide is a prescription drug, used for sedation and pain relief by medical professionals. However, while patrolling the town, the police discovered several balloons scattered on the floor next to a nightlife establishment in Albufeira, and "immediately investigations were initiated to ascertain the origin of the balloons, since it is known that balloons are used to 'hold' nitrous oxide, enabling it to be inhaled by users wanting to feel 'high' ".
The establishment was inspected and a bottle of nitrous oxide was found inside, police suspect it was being used for inhalation by the users of the establishment. A man was also identified, given an administrative offense report and the gas cylinder was seized.
A total of 27 children were transported to the Centro Hospitalar Universitário do Algarve, in Faro yesterday, "with symptoms of food poisoning", but without the need for hospitalisation.
“27 children with symptoms compatible with food poisoning were admitted to the emergency department, all stable and, so far, without the need for hospitalisation”, explained a source at the Hospital de Faro.
The Faro District Relief Operations Command (CDOS) reported that the incident occurred at Dr. João Lúcio Basic School of 2nd and 3rd cycles, in Fuseta, Olhão municipality.
Contacted by the Lusa news agency, the Mayor of Olhão, António Pina, said he was “trying to find out details”, indicating that, possibly, this would be a situation of food poisoning.
The Mayor added that the provision of meals to the school in question is made by the Portuguese Red Cross. "It is contracted with them", he added.
Lusa tried unsuccessfully to contact the Faro-Loulé delegation of the Red Cross.
The Faro CDOS also reported that two Red Cross ambulances were on site, three from the National Institute for Medical Emergency (INEM) and one ambulance from the Faro-Cruz Lusa Humanitarian Firefighters Association.
Self-scheduling of vaccinations against Covid-19 is now available to people aged 50 and over on the Internet portal of the Directorate-General for Health (DGS).
The possibility for people over 50 to be able to make an appointment to take the vaccine was available this Thursday, shortly after 21:00.
Following phase 2 of the vaccination plan and a greater availability of vaccines in Portugal, the portal for self-scheduling came into operation on April 23rd, now covering people over 50, after initially being opened to users aged 65 and over, then available to 60 +, then more recently +55 years old.
Portugal will receive more than 1.4 million vaccines against Covid-19 in the next few days, which will allow the country to speed up the vaccination process of three age groups in parallel, said the task force source who coordinates the logistics.
These 1,446,000 vaccines arriving in the country this week and next represent around 25% of the total of 5,728,470 doses delivered to Portugal since the vaccination plan started, on December 27rd, 2020.
The task force that coordinates the vaccination plan intends, in the week of June 6th, to start vaccinating the age group from 40 to 49 years old and, in the week of June 20th, the group of 30 to 39 years old.
Data from the Ministry of Health indicate that, up until Tuesday, more than five million vaccines had been administered in mainland Portugal, with around 3.5 of the first doses and more than 1.5 of second doses.
If you are over 50 you can book your vaccination online HERE.
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