O The success of the vaccination against Covid-19 in Portugal was, this Monday, once again a highlight abroad.
Stresses the Swiss Radio and Television (RTS), in an article published on the website this Monday, that “in Portugal, Covid-19 no longer occupies the headlines of the media, thanks to a very effective vaccination campaign. The Task Force was shut down for almost a month and patients with serious illness almost disappeared from hospitals”.
According to journalist Benjamin Luis, in front of the vaccination post on Avenida Gama Pinto, one of the four that have not yet been closed in Lisbon, “the taxi ballet provided free of charge by the municipality” was resumed for those who want to be vaccinated.
In the queues, according to the same professional, only see elderly people, over 80 years old, who receive the third dose of the vaccine against Covid-19. “There is no need to look for other adults in the almost empty queues since, since the beginning of the month, in Portugal, there are almost no adults to be vaccinated”, highlighted Benjamin Luis, recalling that, “if 62% of the population in Switzerland has as two doses of the vaccine, in Portugal 86% of the population is fully vaccinated, a percentage that rises to almost 100% among the Portuguese over 65”.
One of the reasons given by the RTS for the success of vaccination against Covid-19 in Portugal, based on the explanations of Ana Nunes de Almeida, professor of sociology at the University of Lisbon, is that, “traditionally, vaccination rates in Portugal are extremely high. The population generally has great trust in the health authorities”, contrary to what happens in relation to politicians and the prime minister.
Furthermore, as young people have very close relationships with their grandparents, “they felt it was important to protect the elderly, unlike other European realities”.
However, for RTS, “if this success is partly cultural, it is also logistical” and the “popular and renowned conductor of the operation” is Vice Admiral Henrique Gouveia e Melo, “a man who symbolizes more than any other this campaign carried out at full speed and, above all, outside any political affiliation”.
Despite this “mass immunization”, recalls the RTS, the use of masks and the adoption of other protective measures are still well sought after in Portugal, although they are no longer mandatory.
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