The head of state, 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.
The President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, “Today received the first dose of the vaccine against covid-19, at the Hospital das Forças Armadas, in Lisbon,” an official source from Belém told Lusa.
The same source told Lusa that the head of state and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces “should receive the second dose even before taking office on March 9”.
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa was re-elected President of the Republic in the presidential elections of January 24, with 60.67% of the votes cast, and will start his second five-year term on March 9 – 25 days from now.
Also the President of the Assembly of the Republic, Ferro Rodrigues, today received the first dose of the vaccine against covid-19, at the Hospital das Forças Armadas.
Although without specifying which, official source of the parliament’s president’s office, he said that “vaccination against other MPs’ covid-19 has also started”.
“The President of the Assembly of the Republic, Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues, today received the first dose of the vaccine against covid-19, at the Hospital das Forças Armadas, in Lisbon. In the same way, the vaccination process for other deputies was initiated ”, reads a note meanwhile sent to the agency Lusa.
Vaccination against covid-19 in Portugal started on December 27, first covering health professionals involved in the response to this disease, and then extending to professionals and residents in nursing homes and long-term care units.
The first phase of the vaccination plan also includes professionals from the Armed Forces, security forces and services considered critical.
However, they began to be vaccinated persons aged 80 years and over and with 50 or more years and associated pathologies.
On January 25, the day after the presidential elections, it was announced that the holders of sovereign bodies would soon begin to be vaccinated, included in the critical services, and that the prime minister had drafted an order requesting each sovereign body to establish its priorities for vaccination.