Vaccination in Residencies started on January 4 in mainland Portugal with more than 110 people from two institutions in Mação, in the district of Santarém, to receive the vaccine.
The Secretary of State for Health, Diogo Serras Lopes, the Minister of Labor, Solidarity and Security, Ana Mendes Godinho, the Secretary of State for Social Action, Rita Mendes, and the Secretary of State for Parliamentary Affairs and coordinator of the region of Lisbon and Tagus Valley, Duarte Cordeiro, were present at the start of the vaccination, at 3 pm, in the Elderly Home of São José das Matas, where 51 people will be vaccinated, including users and staff.
At 4 pm, at the home of Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Cardigos, 61 more people were vaccinated.
After having started the process on December 27 with the administration of the first dose of the vaccine to health professionals, the Minister of Health, Marta Temido, had ensured that the first phase of the vaccination campaign would extend to homes located in 25 counties at extreme risk of Covid-19 incidence, according to the latest data from the Directorate General of Health (DGS).
In question are, therefore, the municipalities with an incidence rate exceeding 980 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants in the last 14 days, in a list that should be updated again by the DGS.
According to Marta Temido, 11 municipalities are integrated in the Regional Health Administration (ARS) of the North, eight in the ARS of the Alentejo, five in the ARS of the Center and one in the ARS of Lisbon and Tagus Valley, explaining that “are about 150 residential structures for the elderly and the network of continuous care” that will be covered in this new stage.
For next week is already planned to extend vaccination in homes for the elderly in other municipalities.