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  • Writer's picture@ Cynthia Adina Kirkwood

Portugal: Got Jabbed

Updated: May 18, 2021

The firefighters (bombeiros) station in Oliveira do Hospital, Coimbra District, where vaccinations are administered upstairs


COVID-19 vaccination administrators in Oliveira do Hospital organized the rollout intelligently and efficiently.

After only 45 minutes of arriving at the Bombeiros (firefighters station), I received pre-counseling with a doctor, the first dose of Moderna, a 30-minute waiting period, and post-counseling with a nurse.

I am grateful.

For weeks, this part of the Beiras has had a higher incidence of infection than most of the country.

Oliveira do Hospital remained on the list of concelhos (councils) on alert, according to Correio da Manha (May 14), which means that it had more than 120 cases per 100,000. Before May 13, Tabua and Santa Comba Dao had shared this designation along with 20 other concelhos. Each week, the government re-evaluates the list.

Portugal has 308 concelhos of which 278 are on the mainland.

Arganil regressed from the alert list to Phase 3 of confinement. All shops, restaurants, cafes and pastry shops (with a maximum of four people per table inside or six per table on terraces) are open until 22:30 on weekdays or 13:00 on weekends and holidays, according to SIC Noticias (May 13). The rest of the country was in this phase on April 19.

Carregal do Sal advanced to Phase 4, which is on par with most of Portugal.

The government also decided to prolong the situation of calamity in most of mainland Portugal until May 30, which means following the rules of May 1, according to SIC Noticias (May 13). Restaurants can open until 22:30 and shops until 21:00 on weekdays and until 19:00 on weekends and holidays. The restaurants, cafes and pastry shops can operate with a maximum of six people per table inside and 10 per table on terraces.

Portugal’s vaccination rollout is moving at a steady pace. A total of 129,000 doses were administered on May 15, according to SIC Noticias (May 17). If the pace is maintained, 70 percent of Portugal’s 10.3 million (30 and older) will have received the first dose by the end of July or the beginning of August, according to Expresso (May 14).

However, masks still will be obligatory, reported Expresso. Fines of €50 to €100 will be issued for noncompliance.

In Central Portugal, there have been 3,016 COVD-19 deaths; in the North, 5,347; in greater Lisbon, 7,204; in the Alentejo, 971, and in the Algarve, 362.

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