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Costa wants 1.4 million Portuguese vaccinated by April

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The prime minister, António Costa, set this Saturday as the objective to vaccinate 1.4 million Portuguese until “at the beginning of” April, after more than “half a million vaccines” had already been administered.

“Last week, we exceeded half a million vaccines already administered, the goal we have is that, by the beginning of April, we will be able to meet the goal of vaccinating 1.4 million Portuguese among those who are in the priority risk groups and the that provide services in essential services ”, said António Costa.

The prime minister was speaking to journalists at the end of a visit to the Barracks of Conde de Lippe, in Ajuda, in Lisbon, one of the places where this Saturday the vaccination process against the covid-19 of GNR and PSP troops began.

“Since the beginning of the pandemic, they have been indispensable to manage this situation”, pointed out the head of the Government, praising the role of the security forces in the management of the pandemic.

António Costa reaffirmed the objective of “reach the end of summer with 70% of the Portuguese population properly vaccinated ”. “Until the end of summer we have a long way to go, we are still in winter, we have not even reached spring yet”, he warned, calling on everyone to continue there with individual protection measures.

The Prime Minister again reiterated that, “more than the vaccine”, is “behavior of each one of us that stops the expansion of the pandemic ”of covid-19.

“No matter how many vaccines there are, it is essential not to neglect the care that we know we have to have. They are absolutely essential for us to continue to prevent the expansion of the pandemic, ”said Costa.

Costa still does not know when he will be vaccinated

The Prime Minister said still don’t know when he will be vaccinated against covid-19, but he added that there are already inoculated “members of the Government and deputies”, ensuring that when he is called there he will be “to shoulder the vaccine”. “They may [saber] when I know, it won’t be a secret, but I haven’t been informed yet ”, he replied.

According to the prime minister, in addition to the head of state and the president of parliament, “they have already been members of the Government and deputies vaccinated”.

“As you know, it depends on the number of doses, the age, I’m fortunately still under 65 and I will probably be vaccinated with the Astrazeneca vaccine. The health services are organizing this and when it is my turn, I will be there to shoulder the vaccine ”, he assured.

The President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, and the President of the Assembly of the Republic, Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues, received this Friday the first dose of the vaccine against covid-19. Belém official source Lusa that the head of state and supreme commander of the Armed Forces “should receive the second dose even before his inauguration on March 9” for the second term for which he was elected on January 24.

Vaccination against the new coronavirus started on December 27, first covering health professionals directly involved response to the pandemic, followed by professionals and residents of nursing homes and long-term care units.

The first phase of the vaccination plan also includes Armed Forces professionals, security forces and services considered critical, holders of sovereign bodies, elderly aged 80 and over e people 50 years and older and with diseases associated companies.

On Thursday, the Prime Minister warned that Portugal will receive less than half of the vaccines against covid-19 that were scheduled for the first quarter of this year, a problem is not in the distribution or the lack of human resources to administer the vaccine, but “outside Portugal”.

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