Updated Mar. 4
The Portuguese Health Ministry and Infarmed (the national authority of medications and health products) confirm that the country has entered into contracts to purchase 22 million Covid-19 vaccines, which will be enough to vaccinate the country’s entire population, with two doses per person, reports Público.
Vaccinations are set to begin in January and carry through the summer. The vaccine is expected to be administered in phases — and it will be free of charge, according to Público.
The Health Ministry has opted for the vaccines produced by Pfizer, which will arrive first, and by Moderna. The ministry has only confirmed the quantity of doses purchased but says that the Plano Nacional de Vacinação (The National Vaccine Plan) will be announced later this week.
In an initial proposal drafted by specialists chosen by the Direcção-Geral de Saúde (DGS – Directorate-General of Health), they recommended giving priority to health workers, employees and residents of elderly care facilities, and individuals ages 50 to 75 with severe health conditions, according to Público.
Atlas will be monitoring the situation to determine whether the vaccine will be available to non-citizens. Updated March 4: It is, indeed: Illegal Immigrants in Portugal, Those Without SNS Number Can Apply for COVID Vaccine