Portugal will start the vaccination of key government officials next week, Health Minister Marta Temido confirmed on Monday after meeting with the taskforce charged with coordinating the national vaccination programme.
“We will then move on to vaccinate the other essential services, as we had foreseen: pre-hospital emergency professionals – notably firefighters – professionals in essential services, security forces and, among them, members of ‘sovereign bodies’ [ed. government and court officials],” said Temido. “They will start being vaccinated from next week,” she added.
According to the minister, the first week of February will also mark the start of vaccination for people over 50 with either coronary heart disease, heart failure, kidney failure or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – putting them at a significantly higher risk of being admitted to hospital if they get infected with the virus.
Portugal received an additional 99,450 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on Monday. Since the start of vaccinations on 27 December, a total of 411,600 doses have been administered, said Temido.
Since the start of the pandemic, Portugal has recorded 636,190 confirmed coronavirus cases and 10,469 related deaths, according to the Directorate-General of Health’s latest bulletin.
(João Godinho, Lusa.pt)