The acceleration of the pace of vaccination left Portugal prominently in the world ranking of vaccine doses administered per 100 inhabitants, as revealed by data from Our World in Data. And in recent times, Portugal was even the country in Europe to administer more daily vaccines per 100 inhabitants and the first country in the world to administer more vaccines per day, if we exclude the territory of Greenland.
The vaccination rate increased 69% from June 11th to July 12th. Portugal administered 1.47 doses of vaccine per 100 inhabitants in the weekly average recorded on 12 July, when on 27 June it was 0.88.
Portugal is thus ahead of all countries in the world. Since the 17th of June, our country has always been above the European Union average in this indicator, but it is increasingly highlighted with the EU recording an average of only 0.78 doses per 100 inhabitants. The United Kingdom registered last week 0.36 doses and the United States only 0.15 per 100 inhabitants.
Spain, which in June had almost always vaccination levels per 100 inhabitants higher than Portugal, was surpassed by the Portuguese process since July 7, now standing at 1.17 doses.
These data reflect the effort to accelerate the process carried out last week, in which Portugal administered about one million vaccines in continental territory alone, surpassing the target of 850 thousand inoculations, as announced by the task force for vaccination.
According to the most recent report by the Directorate-General for Health (DGS), more than 4.3 million people are fully vaccinated against covid-19 in Portugal, equivalent to 42% of the country’s resident population. According to the vaccination report, as of Sunday 4,337,479 people (42%) had completed the vaccination schedule and 6,213,798 (60%) had at least started vaccination.
The team led by Vice Admiral Henrique Gouveia e Melo highlighted the “exceptionally high vaccination rate” due to the greater availability of vaccines and the anticipation to eight weeks of the interval between the two doses of the vaccine developed by AstraZeneca.
“This was an additional effort made to strengthen the security of all, at a time of worsening epidemiological situation in the country”, said the team, thanking the “will, understanding and tolerance of all Portuguese people.”
4,700 health professionals and employees from various entities were involved in the process. Vaccination against covid-19 started in the country on December 27, 2020.
However, the pace of vaccination will inevitably slow down this week due to the speed with which vaccines arrive in Portugal. In other words, the quantity of available vaccines is decreasing and therefore it should not be possible to exceed 700 to 800 thousand vaccinated people.