@ Cynthia Adina Kirkwood
Portugal: Online Vaccine Appointments for Retirees
Updated: May 13, 2021
Portugal recorded no COVID19 deaths on April 25, which has not happened since August 2, 2020.
In Portugal, those 65 and older can sign up online for a COVID-19 vaccination appointment, according to SIC Noticias.
Date of birth and patient number are required for the Directorate of Health (DGS) form. After choosing a location, an appointment day is issued online immediately. An SMS follows with a confirmed time. For English, click on the globe in the upper right:
Since last week, the DGS has extended “auto-agendamento”, or self-inscription, to this age group. In 24 hours, more than 100,000 had signed up, acceding to Luis Marques Mendes on SIC Noticias (April 25).
From April 1 to April 22, 48 people older than 80 died from COVID-19 compared with 298 in March, 6,138 in January and February, and 4,676 in 2020, according to Marques Mendes.
In elderly care homes (lares), from April 1 to April 22, 5 died compared with 166 in March, 2,437 in January and February, and 2,111 in 2020, said Marques Mendes.
COVID-19 patients in intensive care from April 19 to April 25 were 106 compared with 194 from March 15 to March 21, reported Marques Mendes. Hospitalized patients were 400 from April 19 to April 25 compared with 848 from March 15 to March 21. Those infected were 494 from April 19 to April 25 compared with 468 from March 15 to March 21.
In the European Union, Portugal had the least number of new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people for the 14-day period before April 25, said Marques Mendes. Portugal had 70 per 100,000 as compared with Cyprus, which had the most at 962 per 100,000.
Restrictions on AstraZeneca and Johnson and Johnson (Janssen) vaccines could recduce availability, according to Marques Mendes.
However, those older than 60 are expected to be vaccinated by the end of May.