Costa sets target to vaccinate 1.4 million Portuguese by April – Coronavirus


The prime minister, António Costa, today set a goal to vaccinate 1.4 million Portuguese until “at the beginning of” April, after more than “half a million vaccines” have already been administered.

“Last week, we exceeded half a million vaccines already administered, the goal we have is that, by the beginning of April, we will be able to meet the goal of vaccinating 1.4 million Portuguese among those who are in the priority risk groups and the that provide services in essential services “, said António Costa.

The prime minister was speaking to journalists at the end of a visit to the Barracks of Conde de Lippe, in Ajuda, in Lisbon, one of the places where the vaccination process against the covid-19 of staff from the GNR and PSP started today. António Costa reaffirmed the goal of “reaching the end of the summer with 70% of the Portuguese 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 yet”, he warned, calling on everyone to continue there with individual protection measures.

The Prime Minister recalled that the Government has defined two priorities for vaccination: “First, vaccinate people who have a higher degree of risk of infection; second, vaccinate people that it is essential to protect in order to protect us all”.

It was in this second objective that Costa framed the vaccination process started today by the security forces, stressing that GNR and PSP “have been indispensable since the beginning of the pandemic”.

“The security forces have been essential in border control, in the security of all circuits for receiving, storing and distributing vaccines and are very important to ensure the effectiveness of compliance with the restrictions that have been imposed on rights, freedom and guarantees and in monitoring infected and isolated “, he exemplified.

For the prime minister, the vaccination of the GNR and PSP cadres “is essential to ensure the proper functioning of the State and to ensure that those who are indispensable” are protected for the protection of the remaining citizens.

Previously, the Minister of Internal Administration, Eduardo Cabrita, stressed the role of “front line” of the security forces since the beginning of the pandemic, in March last year, both in compliance with the rules of the state of emergency and in the monitoring of Portuguese people. infected or isolated, or in the disinfection of “hundreds of homes and hospitals”.

“The security forces have had a presence throughout this marathon that all Portuguese people know and respect,” he said, noting that many elements of the GNR and PSP were also either infected or isolated due to the covid-19.

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.


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