Portugal: 45+ Can Book Vaccines Online
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People 45 years of age and older can sign up online for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment, according to SIC Noticias (June 4).
“Given the good pace of vaccination against COVID-19, self-scheduling for ages 45 and over already is available. Whoever proposes to self-schedule will have a vacancy from June 14th,” said a statement from the vaccination task force, according to Diario de Noticias (June 4).
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Date of birth, fiscal number, and patient (utente) number are requested on the Directorate of Health (DGS) form. If you don’t have a patient number, it asks for the identification number of your citizens’ card or passport.
After choosing a location from a dropdown menu, an appointment day is issued online immediately. An SMS follows with a confirmed time.
Those 30 and older are expected to be permitted to access the online process on June 20, according to Diario de Noticias.
Previously, those 55 and older were able to make appointments online. The online service began at the end of April for those 65 and older.
This week, Portugal expects shipments of a total of 616,000 Moderna, BioNTech Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccines, according to SIC Noticias (June 7).
Currently, Pfizer BioNTech, Johnson & Johnson (Janssen), Moderna and Oxford AstraZeneca (now called Vaxzevria) vaccines are being administered in Portugal. They are the vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency. However, in Portugal, the AstraZeneca vaccine is not recommended for those 60 and younger, and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for those 50 and younger. The vaccines are two doses, except for Johnson & Johnson, which is one dose.
Portugal has administered 6.47 million COVID-19 vaccines: 4.15 million first doses and 2.32 completed vaccinations, according to SIC Noticias.
Portugal’s population is 10.3 million.
For ages 80 and older, 97 percent have received one dose; 70-79, 98 percent; 60-69, 90 percent; 50-59, 55 percent, and 40-49, 17 percent, reported SIC Noticias.
Geographically, 49 percent of the Alentejo population has received one dose; 45 percent of central Portugal; 39 percent of the North; 39 percent of Lisbon and the Tejo Valley, and 38 percent of the Algarve, according to SIC Noticias.