More than 1.5 million flu vaccines were administered (about 400 thousand in pharmacies) and more than 750,000 booster doses against covid-19. This result is only possible thanks to the “acceleration” of the vaccination process, said the General Directorate of Health this Sunday. The “open house” modality will continue throughout the week for those over 75 years old.
“These results were possible with the acceleration of the daily vaccination of the vaccination centers, including the weekend, through the Open House modality”, underlines in a communiqué issued this afternoon by the General Directorate of Health. The balance made at the weekend, counts until today at 6 pm the administration of more than 66 thousand doses of vaccine against the flu and about 80 thousand doses against covid-19, of which 73 thousand doses of booster.
The “open house” modality will be maintained during the week for users over 75 years of age who do not need to schedule vaccinations. Self-scheduling for those 65+ remains available. Adults who have been vaccinated with Janssen will be summoned by SMS to receive the booster shot.
“We want to vaccinate as many people as possible in the shortest time possible,” said the Deputy Secretary of State for Health the day before yesterday during a visit to the vaccination center in Mafra. António Lacerda Sales guaranteed that the means allocated to the process will be reinforced to speed up vaccination. Adherence to reinforcement is essential, he argued, for a “calmer Christmas”.
The goal until December 19 was to vaccinate around 900,000 people over 65 years of age. The eligible universe has been increased by an additional 1.8 million due to recoveries and adults over 18 who have received the Janssen vaccine and will also receive boosters.