Illegal Immigrants in Portugal, Those Without SNS Number Can Apply for COVID Vaccine

The National Health Service has a vaccination sign-up form for those without SNS numbers.

Normally, to obtain services in the national health system (Serviço Nacional de Saúde – SNS) in Portugal, one is required to have a so-called Health Number (Numero de Utente) — but that doesn’t apply when it comes to getting the COVID vaccine.

The High Commission for Migration (Alto Comissariado para as Migrações) announced Monday that immigrants without a number can use this form on the SNS website to apply to be vaccinated. 

What that means essentially is that immigrants in Portugal in “irregular” situations — including illegal immigrants — are eligible for the vaccine, according to Jornal de Notícias

Related: Portugal’s Vaccine Progress: The Good, the Bad, Etc.

Currently, health authorities are contacting those over 80, or those over 50 with certain health conditions, about receiving vaccines at their health centers, the publication writes. However, people without Health Numbers aren’t registered with the health centers.

Jornal de Notícias asked the Health Ministry (Ministério da Saúde) how it plans to reach those without the number about vaccinations, and was told that the vaccination plan “is universal, that is, it is intended for anyone present in Portugal, as long as the vaccine is clinically indicated for that person.”

Related: Portugal’s Three-Phase National Covid-19 Vaccination Plan Begins in January: What to Expect

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