Portugal accelerate the deployment of its vaccination by Lisbon to start with the 30 and 40 years in June, said Tuesday the secretary of the health of the country, with the aim of slowing the rise of cases in the capital.
People aged 40 or older will receive the vaccine from June 6, according to the health secretary Antoine Lacerda Sales said, and those 30 or older as of June 20.
Health authorities will also step up testing in the region, targeting schools, vulnerable populations like asylum seekers and overcrowded areas like central train stations, setting up mobile testing units for passers-by.
Pharmacies in Lisbon already offer a free antigen test every two weeks to residents.
âWe have to act preventively and proactively, to break the chins of the transmission,â said Lacerda Sales.
Portugal has lifted almost all restrictions in a gradual easing of rules that has been underway since April after four months of strict lockdown.
While cases have remained relatively stable nationwide at around 300 to 600 new cases per day, Lisbon saw a larger increase in May, especially among young adults, the health secretary said.
The country has reported a total of 845,840 cases and 17,021 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
Just over 30% of the population of 10 million people received a first dose of the vaccine, of which 16% were fully vaccinated, according to data from the Ministry of Health.
The country is in the second phase of its vaccination plan, targeting 50-65 year olds. It is not known when vaccination will be extended beyond this age group nationwide.