The mass vaccination against covid-19 foresees that the people to be vaccinated themselves can self-schedule the vaccine taking with their registration on a digital platform, said the task force that coordinates the process.
“In addition to the scheduling process by SMS message, phone calls and letters currently in use, it is planned to implement a self-scheduling procedure, through a digital platform, where people can directly schedule their vaccination”, said the same source to the Lusa agency.
According to the structure led by Vice Admiral Henrique Gouveia e Melo, the 150 Covid-19 Vaccination Centers (CVC), which are expected to be in operation in the second quarter, are being designed for “easier access for people”, with the its location to be defined in articulation between regional health administrations, health center groups and municipalities.
“The municipalities, in articulation with the task force and the regional health administrations, are responsible for the assembly of CVCs, being a fundamental entity in the vaccination process”, stressed the same source.
To carry out the mass vaccination plan, the task force foresees that around 2,500 nurses, 400 doctors and 2,300 assistants will be needed, in a total of about 5,200 professionals to be distributed across the 150 centers spread across the country.
According to data from the Ministry of Health’s Transparency Portal, the National Health Service had a total of 147,075 health professionals at its service in January – of which 31,406 doctors and 48,739 nurses – 9,765 more than in March 2020, when it started of the covid-19 pandemic.
This process of human resources for CVC “is taking place, in conjunction with the Ministry of Health, the task force, regional health authorities and municipalities”, the structure that coordinates the vaccination plan that started was also advanced on December 27 in Portugal.
Regarding the goals to be achieved with CVCs, some of which are already in operation, the task force reiterates that it is dependent on the number of vaccines that Portugal receives, having defined the objective of vaccinating around 100 thousand people per day.
“If there are more vaccines available, it is estimated that in the next quarter, the vaccination rate will reach 150 thousand inoculations in a single day at peak times”, said the structure.
As a reference, the Directorate-General for Health recommended that CVCs consist of one or more vaccination modules, each with five vaccination posts and five nurses, and with the capacity to vaccinate about 50 people per hour.
On Saturday, the coordinator of the task force responsible for the vaccination plan for covid-19 estimated that in April it will be possible to vaccinate 100,000 people a day, given the vaccine shipments that Portugal should receive in the second quarter.
“We aim to vaccinate 100 thousand people every day and, if more vaccines come, we will not accumulate vaccines, because this anticipates the vaccination process and the protection of people, and we can reach 150 thousand vaccines / day, which it is a gigantic logistical operation “, said Gouveia e Melo in statements to journalists.
If in this first quarter Portugal received less than two million vaccines, the forecast for the second quarter is nine million vaccines, of which 1.8 million in April and the remainder in the following two months.
In addition to the Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines that are already being administered, Portugal should receive in the second half of April Janssen’s first single-dose vaccines from a batch of around 1.25 million that is expected to arrive over the course of the year. second quarter.
The covid-19 pandemic caused at least 2,792,586 deaths worldwide, resulting from more than 127 million cases of infection, according to a report made by the French agency AFP.
In Portugal, 16,845 people died from 821,104 confirmed cases of infection, according to the most recent bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health.