The expectation is to be able to vaccinate between 2 and 2.5 million people, according to the deputy director general of Health, André Peralta Santos,

Vaccination will be carried out for people under 60 years of age with risk pathologies, pregnant women and professionals in health services (public and private) and other health care services, students in clinical internships, and firefighters involved in the transport of patients and caregivers to dependent people.

There will also be vaccination in homes, in the integrated continuous care network and in prisons carried out by professionals from the National Health Service.

Community pharmacies will administer the Covid-19 vaccine to people over 60 years of age for the first time, with around 6,000 pharmacists qualified to do so in the more than 2,300 pharmacies that joined the 2023/2024 seasonal vaccination campaign.

Speaking to the Lusa agency, the president of the Portuguese Pharmacy Association (AFP), Manuela Pacheco, stated that “everything is ready” to start vaccination and that adherence has been “very high”.