Portugal targets August to approach 90%.
Thanks to Peter A for a link to Correio da Manhã on the mainland, reporting that vaccination against COVID-19 for people over 20 years old will start in August in Portugal.
The guarantee was left this Tuesday by the coordinator of the ‘task force’ that directs the process, Vice Admiral Henrique Gouveia e Melo, on a day marked by the absence of fatalities caused by the disease, but with 445 new cases.
“We are going to finish vaccinating people over 30 years old between the end of July and beginning of August and, at that time, people aged 20 will start to be vaccinated”, explained the official, who admitted that it may not be necessary to immunize children : by getting vaccinated between 70% and 90% of the population is protecting the youngest.
90% of population covered when vaccination age reaches 18
The coordinator of the ‘task force’ added that, “roughly speaking”, when you reach the age of 18, more than 90% of the population will already be vaccinated. “It is unlikely that, with this rate of vaccination, the virus will continue to persist endemically in the population.” It ends up, then, “by dying”.
Gouveia e Melo stated that there are now 4,000 people over 50 years old and with an appointment scheduled waiting for a vacancy for the vaccine – a reduction compared to the 60,000 identified on Monday. The maximum estimated waiting time for setting a date for taking the dose is, in these cases, one week.
Also, people over 50 who were affected by the disease for more than six months can now, through the Internet, make an appointment request.
Vaccinations to reach 100,000/day
The official estimates that, this month and next, the highest rate of daily vaccination will be reached, with around 100,000 inoculations. The value may even be exceeded in a few days.
So far, in Portugal more than five million vaccines have been administered and, by the beginning of August, seven million should be reached. The weekly vaccination report, released this Tuesday, indicates that more than 551,000 doses of immunity were given in the last seven days.
There are close to two million with complete vaccination and 93% of the population over 65 years old has received at least one dose.
Portugal will have between 15 and 17 million doses at the end of the immunization, being “a third of the process”.
Update June 4:
Today, Friday, more than 3,200 vaccinations were administered in the Region. On May 30 the rate was 1,300 per day, but this has been rising steadily each day since.
Madeira now has 98,544 residents with one dose and 58,699 with the vaccination process complete.
Update June 5:
JM reports that tomorrow Madeira marks the milestone of the first 100,000 doses of vaccines against COVID-19 administered. The landmark should be passed at the Funchal Vaccination Centre between 11:00 and 11:30.
Update June 18:
A further 5,376 vaccines from the pharmaceutical company Pfizer arrived today. The vaccines are stored in the Pharmacy Service of SESARAM as usual.
Update June 25:
Madeira will receive another shipment of Johnson & Johnson vaccines. The shipment in question, consisting of 7,000 vaccines, is scheduled to arrive at Madeira International Airport on July 2, at 12:00 pm.
Update July 4:
According to the Regional Department of Health and Civil Protection, today, between 12:00 and 12:30, Madeira will reach the landmark of 100,000 people with full vaccination.
Also today, 35,100 vaccines from Pfizer arrived this morning in the Region. The doses are stored at the SESARAM Pharmacy Service.
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 on an earlier post
Vaccinations in Madeira: previous updates can be found on an earlier post.