While queues lengthen in most vaccination centers in the country due to the increased pace of vaccination announced to combat the escalation of the Delta variant, today in Arcos de Valdevez there are not enough ‘candidates’ for the vaccine to justify the opening of the space. That vaccination center in Alto Minho is this Tuesday with closed doors, because the number of self-scheduling is “very few”. The ULSAM – Alto Minho Local Health Unit calls on people over 27 to self-schedule the taking of the covid-19 vaccine.
The ten councils in the district of Viana do Castelo have vaccination centers which, currently, as in the whole country, are operating with self-scheduling from the age of 27 onwards. However, in Arcos de Valdevez, explained to O MINHO, a source from ULSAM, the requests are “very few”. For example, on Monday there were only 30. Today, the space didn’t even open due to lack of demand – there were only two self-bookings.
Whoever had the vaccine scheduled for today, received a call yesterday to reschedule for another day.
The resources that would be made available there were allocated to the health centers, where they are also making appointments for the vaccine against covid-19 by telephone.
“It’s important to get vaccinated”
A source from ULSAM warns of the problem that, in this age group, from the age of 27, at least in Arcos de Valdevez, adherence to self-scheduling is being “residual”, in this case leading to the center not opening doors, and it leaves the call for young people to get vaccinated. “It is important to get vaccinated”, he stresses.
According to the most recent report by the ULSAM, on June 27, in Arcos de Valdevez, 22,748 vaccines have been administered, with 57% of the population having already received the first dose and 41% already have the complete vaccination.
In Alto Minho, 216,011 doses of vaccine have already been administered until the 27th of June, with 50.2% of the population having already had the first dose and 36.5% of the population has had full vaccination.
Young people more resistant to vaccination
A study by the National School of Public Health at Universidade Nova de Lisboa indicates that 85.7% of young people between 16 and 25 want to be vaccinated, but 14.3% have not yet decided whether to receive the vaccine against the SARS-CoV virus -two.
“It is in the working age population, men and people with more education that there is greater resistance to taking the vaccine”, indicate the data from the ENSP covid-19 barometer for the period between 11 and 25 June.
Taking this into account, there are countries that have already devised strategies to convince young people to be vaccinated. Greece, for example, will issue a check for 150 euros for young people between the ages of 18 and 25 who are vaccinated for the coronavirus.
The prepaid card can be used in museums, cinemas, tourism, transport and also in theatres.
This should not happen in Portugal, with the Minister of Health, Marta Temido, saying yesterday, in an interview with TVI, that the strategy to attract the youngest will involve pedagogy and awareness.
Young people under the age of 18 should start being vaccinated against covid-19 in the last week of August, if the government manages to maintain the planned vaccination plan.
“For the next school year, the faculty and non-teaching staff and students will all be vaccinated”, which will allow them to return to classes “safely”, guaranteed the minister.
Portugal set vaccination record today
More than 141,500 doses of vaccines against covid-19 were administered on Monday in mainland Portugal, said today to Lusa the `task force´ that coordinates the vaccination plan.
According to the ‘task force’ for the Vaccination Plan against covid-19, on Monday the daily record of vaccines administered in mainland Portugal was reached.
Portugal will accelerate the pace of vaccination due to the rapid spread of the Delta variant of the SARS COV-2 coronavirus, predicting that it will be possible to vaccinate around 850,000 users per week.
Vice Admiral Gouveia e Melo explained that the maximum amount of existing vaccine stocks will be used to increase the pace of vaccination.
This increased pace led Prime Minister António Costa to acknowledge that, in the coming weeks, the vaccination process will take place under “more uncomfortable conditions”, but that this is necessary to counteract the progression of the Delta variant.
Since the beginning of the vaccination plan against covid-19, on December 27, 2020, Portugal has received more than 9.5 million vaccines, with 8.3 million already distributed by vaccination posts in mainland Portugal and by the two regions autonomous.
In Portugal, 17,092 people died and 877,195 cases of infection by the new coronavirus were confirmed, according to the latest DGS bulletin.
Covid-19 is a respiratory disease caused by the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, detected in late 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China.
News updated at 6:15 pm with more information.