Portugal’s health authority reports 86% of population fully vaccinated

Portugal has 86% of the population fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and 87% with at least one dose of the vaccine. [Shutterstock / Yanosh Nemesh]

Portugal has 86% of the population fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and 87% with at least one dose of the vaccine, the national health authority (DGS) announced Wednesday (10 November).

According to the DGS weekly report, 8,904,253 people are now fully vaccinated, 18,471 more than last week, and 9,039,364 have received one dose, representing 12,609 more vaccinated.

All age groups, starting with those aged 12 to 17, have a full vaccination rate above 87%, 90% for people who have had at least one dose, and 100% for those aged 65 and over.

The vaccination coverage by regions did not change significantly in the last week, with the north still having 88% of the population with complete vaccination, followed by the Centre and Alentejo (87%), Lisbon, Tagus Valley and the Azores (84%), Madeira (83%) and the Algarve (81%).

Since the start of vaccination at the end of December 2020, Portugal has received around 23 million vaccines, with almost 20 million doses distributed to vaccination centres.

On October 9, the country reached the goal of 85% of the population with complete vaccination. The administration of the third booster dose is currently underway for people aged 65 years or older who have not had the infection and who completed their vaccinations at least 180 days ago.

In Portugal, since March 2020, 18,222 people have died, and 1,100,961 cases of infection have been recorded, according to DGS data.

(Pedro Caetano | Lusa.pt )

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