Azores get tax boost

… on Madeira Day!

The Diario headline about the Azores

The Diario reports that the Azores implements a tax boost tomorrow – ironically on Madeira Day – when the neighbouring archipelago sees their VAT (IVA in Portuguese) rate reduced to 16%. The VAT rate in Madeira remains at 22%, whilst the Azores have implemented the maximum discount allowed.

Tomorrow is a public holiday on the island, with Dia da Madeira, celebrated on 1 July, the date when Portugal granted autonomy to Madeira.

Reactions to vaccinations

The main picture links to statistics showing that 345 people have reported reactions to the 200,000 doses of vaccine administered in the Region so far to Infarmed, the national authority for medicines. Headaches and fever are reported to be the most common side effects.

Job vacancies and unwillingness to work

The Jornal website, which seems to crash regularly of late, reports that, according to the Employment Institute in Madeira, there are recruitment difficulties in areas such as restaurants, hotels, and civil construction. But despite the high unemployment numbers, between January and May this year, nearly 140 candidates missed interviews and another 20 even rejected the offer made available. 

A new tab has been added to the top of each page with a link to resources dealing with COVID-19 in Madeira – this covers the latest government regulations on travel to the island, how to get a PCR test, and many other links that will be useful to people wanting to travel to and from Madeira

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

Vaccinations in Madeira: updates can be found in an earlier post

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