Task force appeals to people aged 80 and over who are about to vaccinate

The vaccination of people aged 80 and over, with at least one dose, is almost complete, the working group responsible for the vaccination plan against covid-19, coordinated by Vice Admiral Henrique Gouveia e Melo, tells Expresso. but there was a need for coordination with firefighters, parish councils and security forces in order to reach the few people over 80 who have not yet completed the process.

In response to questions from Expresso about the fact that the percentage of people in that age group vaccinated with the first dose of the vaccine has remained unchanged since practically mid-April – it was 90% on April 13 and 93% on 27 April and May 4, when in the age group of 65 to 79 years old it went from 42%, also on April 13, to 71%, on the same day of May, according to the vaccination reports released weekly by the Directorate-General Health) -, the task force explains that the population aged 80 or more due to vaccination is “people previously infected or more isolated and whose contacts were not up to date and, therefore, it is necessarily more difficult and time consuming get to them ”.

For these cases, he adds, “contacts are being articulated through firefighters, parish councils, and security forces”. And he makes an appeal: these people over 80 who have not yet been vaccinated should “go to a parish council, fire station, GNR or PSP in order to give their contacts and, thus, to be summoned for the vaccination process ”. “Bearing in mind that it is a very small number of people, it is normal that the percentage does not undergo significant changes”, the working group also states.

Difference between doses received and distributed has never been greater

When looking at the vaccination bulletins released by the Directorate-General for Health, one also realizes that the difference between doses received and vaccinated doses has never been greater than the one currently verified. Up to the 4th of May, 4,218,420 doses of the vaccine against covid-19 had arrived in the country, of which 3,581,288 had been distributed (the difference is about 637 thousand vaccines).

Asked about this, the task-force explains that “when the vaccines arrive in Portugal, they are stored, distributed to the various vaccination posts, prepared and finally inoculated, being a process where the delay of a few days since their arrival at their home is inevitable. complete administration ”. “Bearing in mind that there is a very significant increase in vaccine doses arriving in Portugal, it is normal, even with the inherent increase in the rate of vaccination, that the difference between doses received and inoculated increases”.

In total 3.5 million doses have already been inoculated and 2.6 million Portuguese people already have at least one dose of the vaccine (25%). About 915 thousand people have already received the complete vaccination, which corresponds to 9% of the population.

Source: Expresso by expresso.pt.

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