More than 8.6 million people already have a complete vaccination against covid-19, which makes Portugal this Tuesday one percentage point of reaching the target of 85% of the population fully vaccinated. The data are contained in the vaccination report released this Tuesday by the Directorate-General for Health (DGS).
This Tuesday morning, Vice Admiral Henrique Gouveia e Melo had already advanced the same news, when he announced that the Task force for the vaccination plan against covid-19, the organism it leads, will be abolished. “The mission is complete,” said the Vice Admiral. The official explained that, of the eligible population, only over 345,000 people can be vaccinated, of which 140,000 have not yet recovered from covid-19.
According to the DGS vaccination report, 84% of the population has completed vaccination against the SARS-CoV-2 virus and 86% – more than 8.9 million people – already have at least one dose of the vaccine.
By age group, the biggest increase in the last week was registered in the complete vaccination of young people from 12 to 17 years old, which is now at 79% (about 491,000 people), while 87% (more than 544,000) are vaccinated with at least one dose.
The vaccination report even advances that 100% of the elderly in the age groups 65 to 79 years old and over 80 years old are already fully vaccinated, which represents a total of more than 2.3 million people. In the case of people between 50 and 64 years old, 98% have completed vaccination (more than 2.1 million people) and 99% complete at least one dose of the vaccine.
With regard to coverage by regions, only the Algarve (77%) is below 80% of complete vaccination. The North continues to lead in terms of the population that has completed vaccination (86%), followed closely by the Center and Alentejo, the two regions with 85%, Lisbon and Vale do Tejo (82%) and Madeira and the Azores (81%).
Since the start of the vaccination plan, on December 27, 2020, Portugal already contains more than 19.5 million vaccines and almost 15.8 million doses have been distributed by vaccination centers in mainland Portugal and the autonomous regions.