Costa says 1.4 million Portuguese will be vaccinated by April – Portugal

The Prime Minister, António Costa, says that the objective of vaccinating “priority” health professionals to control the pandemic “is accomplished”.

The Governor’s statements were made on the day that the vaccination of the security forces begins. During the communication, Costa assumed that Portugal has administered more than 500 thousand vaccines, between first and second doses. “By April, the goal is to vaccinate 1.4 million Portuguese,” said the prime minister.

Twenty thousand officials from the authorities, around 10 thousand PSP agents and 10 thousand GNR military personnel are to be vaccinated this Saturday, in a process that will take place over the next three weeks, while the vaccination of the elderly and the sick with more than 55 years old was one of the four lethal comorbidities identified. “In this first phase, two priorities were essentially defined: vaccinating people who have a higher risk of infection and vaccinating people who are fundamental to protect in order to protect us,” Costa began by saying.

The Head of Government also says that the “first objective, of full vaccination of all residents in homes or of all those who work in homes” has already been accomplished. And he also said that it was essential “to protect those who are necessary to protect us”, being necessary “to ensure the full vaccination of all health personnel considered a priority to face the pandemic” objective that, according to Costa, “has been fulfilled”.

The prime minister also reaffirmed that the goal is “to reach the end of the summer with 70% of the Portuguese adult population properly vaccinated”. “Until the end of summer we have a long way to go, we are still in winter, we have not even reached spring”, he warned. “We will have to continue throughout these months, this methodical work of vaccinating with an objective criterion to save lives and protect those who are essential to protect us”, he concluded.

Before the declarations, which took place outdoors, the Prime Minister, accompanied by the Minister of Internal Administration and the Secretary of State for Health, Diogo Serras Lopes, followed live the process of administering some vaccines in GNR and PSP staff in Brazil. Barracks of Conde de Lippe, where the vaccination process of the security forces in the Lisbon area will focus to relieve health services.

On Friday, the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MAI reported that twenty thousand police officers will be vaccinated in the next three weeks, including 10,000 agents from the Public Security Police (PSP) and 10,000 military personnel from the Republican National Guard ( GNR), in an order defined by GNR and PSP based on operational criteria.

The covid-19 pandemic caused at least 2,368,493 deaths worldwide, resulting from more than 107.7 million cases of infection, according to a report made by the French agency AFP.

In Portugal, 15,034 people died from 781,223 confirmed cases of infection, according to the most recent bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health.

The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late December 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China.

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