Vaccination aims to eradicate, eliminate or control infectious diseases, contributing to the reduction of morbidity and mortality, being considered one of the most effective strategic measures for the protection of public health.
THE concierge that creates the National Vaccination Plan (PNV) against COVID-19 was published this Wednesday and goes into effect tomorrow.
This year Portugal will receive 79 thousand doses of the vaccine for COVID-19
According to the diploma that was published in Diário da República, the Directorate-General for Health is responsible for executing the National Vaccination Plan (PNV) COVID-19 by issuing a standard. In Portugal, where the vaccination campaign against COVID-19 kicks off on Sunday, like other countries in the European Union, the vaccine is optional, free and universal, being provided by the National Health Service.
Portugal will receive more than 79 thousand doses of the vaccine from Pfizer / BioNTech between 26 and 28 December. Initially only 9,750 were planned, but now the pharmaceutical company will deliver 79,950 in two deliveries.
PNV COVID-19 aims to reduce mortality and hospitalizations, control outbreaks, especially in the most vulnerable populations, and minimize the impact of the disease on the “health system and society”, says the ordinance signed by the Assistant Secretary of State and Health, António Lacerda Sales.
The first vaccines against COVID-19, produced by the Pfizer / BioNTech consortium, are expected to arrive in Portugal on Saturday.
According to the Minister of Health, Marta Temido, health professionals from university hospital centers in Porto, São João, Coimbra, Lisbon North and Central Lisbon will be the first to be vaccinated.
By April, 950 thousand people should be vaccinated, included in the first priority groups (people over 50 with associated diseases, users and workers of homes and professionals of health and essential services, such as the armed and security forces).