COVID-19: vaccination update

AZ vaccinations only for over 60’s

AZ vaccinations

The Regional Health Directorate has announced that vaccination against COVID-19 in the Autonomous Region of Madeira will implement the recommendations issued, today, by the Directorate-General for Health, Vaccination Task Force and National Medicines Authority (INFARMED) . 

This means that the AstraZeneca vaccine will only be administered in the Autonomous Region of Madeira to people over 60 years of age. Whoever is below this age group will be inoculated with a drug from another manufacturer.

This change, according to a note issued by the Institute of Health Administration IASAÚDE the change in guidelines will have no impact on the covid-19 vaccination program scheduled for the next few days.

April 10: Miguel Albuquerque said this afternoon, during the visit to the Vaccination Center in Madeira Tecnopolo, that hospitality professionals should be the next priority groups to vaccinate, taking into account that the hotel units are preparing to open. He also assured that by the end of the summer, 70% of the population will be immune.

April 11: Until yesterday, 60,000 people had been vaccinated in Madeira. Of these, 7% have already received both doses. So far 1200 have refused the vaccine.

COVID-19 in Madeira: daily updates can be found on an earlier post.

Vaccinations in Madeira: a previous update can be found on an earlier post.

7 thoughts on “COVID-19: vaccination update”

  1. One in 10,000 women taking birth control pills will develop a blood clot. That’s 1 in 10,000. Out of 18,000,000 people vaccinated with AZ in the UK there has been 7 blood clot related deaths and less than 30 reported blood clots. I will be getting my second dose of the AZ Covid vaccine next month without any qualms. And yes I had a headache and a sore arm for a day, much preferred to Covid-19. We need to stop Covid and get our lives back.

    • Hi Jane, I too had the AZ jab at the beginning of March and apart from having a sore arm and feeling cold/tired for 4 days, I was fine after that. My husband had the Pfizer jab a week before, after which he did have a headache/felt feverish during the night, had sore arm for a few days, but like me went to work the next day, with the recommended paracetamol at the ready, should it be needed.

      I also have no qualms with getting the 2nd dose in June…and that’s saying something as I’m so nervous of injections anyway, but didn’t feel a thing, when I had my first dose (even jokingly questioning the nurse, after she said those famous words “all done”).

  2. ⬆️⬆️ A new Covid in Madeira section added to the menu bar ⬆️⬆️ A work in progress as yet but yo be a repository of useful Covid related info.

  3. Poor decision. apart from the general miniscule chance of anyone getting a blood clot, in the UK Professor Van-Tam’s excellent slides, clearly showed that only in SOME cases will the under 30 age group be advised not to take vaccine. In ALL other age groups, the benefits/risk ratio was overwhelmingly in favour of vaccination. So an odd decision, seemingly “following the crowd”; rather than the science. Doubly odd, given Madeira , like Europe has a lot of vaccination yet to do!

  4. Friends of mine were called in to get their first jab which they received yesterday (tuesday May 4, 2021). They are in their early sixties, so they expected to get the Astra Zeneca vaccine. Much to their surprise, they received the Pfizer vaccine. As that is the only vaccine without any problems recorded, they were quite pleased, though they would have gladly accepted the AZ vaccine.
    I am afraid the American ‘SUE YOU!’ culture has caused the AZ and the Jansen vaccine to be withdrawn from the vaccination schemes in some countries. As stated by others, the risk of problems is much, much lower than many other medicines or activities (flying!) we don’t think twice about.


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