According to DGS, until the end of Monday, of the more than 3 million doses of Covid-19 booster administered, almost 2 million were given to people aged 65 or over.
Portugal has so far administered more than 3 million doses of booster vaccine against Covid-19 and more than 2.4 million against influenza, the national health authority announced on Tuesday.
In a statement, the Directorate-General of Health (DGS) said that of flu vaccine administered in Portugal, about 477,000 doses were given in pharmacies.
The note adds that more than 1 million people had received their Covid-19 booster and flu vaccine simultaneously.
According to data up until the end of Monday, January 3, of the more than 3 million doses of Covid-19 booster administered, almost 2 million were given to people aged 65 or over.
So far, 88% of people over the age of 70 have received a booster, the DGS added.
Of people aged between 60 and 69, two thirds have already been vaccinated, according to the latest vaccination bulletin from the DGS – calculated for the resident population in mainland Portugal in 2020 as estimated by Statistics Portugal (INE).
According to data from the Ministry of Health, more than 100,000 children between the ages of 5 and 11 are scheduled to receive their first dose of vaccine against Covid-19 between Thursday and Sunday this week.
According to data from the DGS on Monday, a total of 95,752 children in this age group have already been vaccinated with the first dose of Pfizer’s paediatric version.
Between 5 February and 13 March, the second doses of the paediatric vaccine are to be administered, when the vaccination scheme for this age group will be concluded, according to the government’s plans.
Worldwide, Covid-19 has caused 5,441,446 deaths worldwide since the beginning of the pandemic, according to the latest tally from Agence France-Presse.
In Portugal, there have been 19,000 deaths associated with Covid-19 since March 2020, and 1,434,570 cases of infection have been confirmed, according to DGS data.