78% of the Portuguese population already has complete vaccination

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Nearly eight million people already have complete vaccination against covid-19, including more than 156,000 young people between 12 and 17 years old, announced this Tuesday, the General Directorate of Health (DGS).

According to the weekly DGS report released this Tuesday, 7,941,747 people, equivalent to 78% of the Portuguese population, have already completed vaccination against the SARS-CoV-2 virus and 8.759.684 (85%) received at least one dose of the vaccine.

By age groups, the same data indicate that there is now 156,088 young people between 12 and 17 years old with complete vaccination (25%) and that 504,023 (81%) have already been inoculated with one dose.

In the group between 18 and 24 years old, the DGS registers an advance in the complete vaccination, which in the space of a week went from 50% to 64%, totaling 499,757 people who completed the vaccination process.

Both in people between 65 and 79 years old, as in the age group over 80 years old, the report indicates a 99% complete vaccination, the same percentage of people in the group between 50 and 64 years old who have already been vaccinated with at least one dose.

In terms of vaccination coverage, the North and Center regions lead with regard to complete vaccination (78%), closely followed by Alentejo and Madeira (77%), Azores (75%) and Lisbon and Vale do Tejo (72%) O Algarve, which registered the previous week a rate of 67%, it also reached the level of 70% of its residents with the complete vaccination process.

Since the vaccination plan started, on December 27, 2020, the country has already received more than 18.1 million vaccines, with about 15.2 million doses being distributed to vaccination centers in mainland Portugal and to the autonomous regions of the Azores and Madeira.

In Portugal, since March 2020, 17,816 people have died and 1,048,941 confirmed cases of infection have been recorded, according to the most recent data from the Directorate-General for Health.

Delta predominates in Portugal since August 9th

According to the latest situation report on the genetic diversity of SARS-CoV-2 in Portugal, by the National Institute of Health Doctor Ricardo Jorge (INSA), the Delta variant has a 100% relative frequency in week 34 (August 23 to 29) in all regions, a situation verified since week 32 (August 9 to 15).

Of the total number of Delta variant sequences analyzed to date, 66 have the additional K417N mutation in the Spike protein (sublineage AY.1), according to the same report, adding that this sublineage has maintained a relative frequency below 1% since week from the 14th to the 20th of June.

According to the INSA researchers, the relative frequency of the Beta (B.1.351) and Gamma (P.1) variants, initially associated with South Africa and Brazil (Manaus), stays low and with no increasing trend, and to date, no cases of these two variants have been detected in the samplings of the weeks from 9 August to 29 August.

Researchers from the Bioinformatics Nucleus of the Infectious Diseases Department of INSA have analyzed, to date, 15,814 sequences of the genome of the new coronavirus, obtained from samples collected in more than 100 laboratories, hospitals and institutions, representing 303 municipalities in Portugal.