By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
Portuguese health authorities report that with the administration of around 15.3 million vaccines in mainland Portugal, the goal of having 85% of the population fully vaccinated against COVID-19 has been achieved.
Portugal becomes the first country in the world to reach the goal of 85% of the population vaccinated, with around 8.4 million people having completed the full immunization schedule.
The Director General of Health, Graça Freitas, declared that October 9 was a “happy day”, stressing that this objective had been reached by having given “the possibility to everyone, without distinction of person, to be vaccinated”.
For Graça Freitas, exceeding this goal is “a pride” for the country, having underlined, in statements to the Lusa agency, that this was achieved only with the collaboration of the population of professionals involved in vaccination and of the working group.
The Ministry of Health said in a statement that, with regard to the adolescent population, between 12 and 17 years old, in mainland Portugal, it is estimated that around 88% have already started their vaccination program, and, among them, 83% already have a full vaccination.
“This important step was only possible thanks to the commitment and efforts of all health professionals and other entities involved in this vaccination campaign, including the armed forces, security forces and local authorities”, he stressed.
In the same press release, the Ministry of Health welcomes “the strong support of the population to this vaccination campaign, an essential contribution for Portugal to achieve the defined objectives”, concluding that “the Portuguese have trusted science, vaccines and their benefits ”.