Next target is 85% vaccinated

Number vaccinated graphic

As predicted here a few posts ago, JM reports that Madeira has today reached the landmark of 70% of the population completely vaccinated against COVID-19, with regional authorities having set as the next target the vaccination of 85% of the 251,000 residents in the archipelago. That, of course, does not mean that 70% are fully protected, as a waiting period of two weeks after the last injection is thought to be required.

“Madeira, as of today, begins to work in this direction”, said the Regional Health Secretary Pedro Ramos, during a visit to the Funchal Vaccination Centre.

The government official explained that the appearance of new variants of SARS-CoV-2, namely the Delta variant, changed the initial plan, which pointed to the vaccination of 70% of the population as a way to achieve group immunity. “We know that the new target will be above 85%,” he said.

Pedro Ramos stressed, however, that today’s date should “be in the minds of all Madeirans” because 70% of the population – more than 175,000 people – has already been completely vaccinated and 77.4% – more than 194,000 – has the process started. “It is a day to thank the population for having massively adhered to the vaccination”, he declared, noting that currently the process takes place without the need for prior scheduling.

By the end of this month, young people between 12 and 17 years old should also be completely vaccinated. The regional secretary of Health explained that the new school year is being prepared “very rigorously”, stressing that students and teachers will be tested when they return to school. “It is a safety measure for us to continue to monitor the evolution of the pandemic in our region”, he declared.

According to the most recent data from the Regional Health Directorate, the Madeira archipelago registers 357 active cases of COVID-19, and has a total of 11,029 confirmed cases since the first in March 2020, with 75 deaths associated with the disease.

Seven people are currently hospitalized at the Dr. Nélio Mendonça Hospital, in Funchal, two of them in intensive care.

In Portugal, since March 2020, 17,645 people have died and 1,020,546 confirmed cases of infection have been recorded, according to data from the Directorate-General for Health.

Update: September 4:

A further 17,550 vaccines from the pharmaceutical company Pfizer arrived today in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

Update: September 11:

Another 11,700 vaccines from the pharmaceutical company Pfizer arrived today.

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

3 thoughts on “70% now fully vaccinated”

    • Luc – the information is always on the link at the bottom of each post – at the bottom of this page you will see a graphic including the number of “internados” including the number in ICU


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