ARS wants to vaccinate 70% of the Algarve population by the end of August

Vaccination centers are being prepared in coastal cities

Photos: Nuno Costa|Sul Informação

70% of Algarveans vaccinated against Covid-19 by the end of August. This is the objective outlined by the Algarve Regional Health Administration (ARS) which, when vaccination is at “cruising speed”, wants to vaccinate 2000 people a day throughout the region.

The goal was outlined by Paulo Morgado, president of the ARS Algarve, who accompanied, this Sunday, the visit of Tiago Brandão Rodrigues, minister of Education, to the Secondary Pinheiro e Rosa, in Faro, one of the educational establishments where the second day of the vaccination of teachers and school staff is taking place.

The official added that "a set of Covid vaccination centers are being prepared in the Algarve, to vaccinate on a large scale, several hundred people a day".

For now, «there haven't been enough vaccines to open these centers», but Paulo Morgado thinks that, «during the month of April, the country will receive vaccines, in significant quantities. Janssen vaccines will arrive, with a single dose, which facilitate the whole process».

According to the president of the ARS, vaccination centers are being prepared in all coastal cities. In the smaller councils, in the interior, “it will not be necessary, the vaccination will take place more smoothly”.

Photos: Nuno Costa|Sul Informação

When the current phase of vaccination ends, the Algarve will have «10% of the population vaccinated. We then need to vaccinate the other 60%, which are 300 in the Algarve, to reach 70%. For this, we will have vaccination centers and what I hope is that we will be able to vaccinate around 2000 people a day in the region».

If that happens, believes Paulo Morgado, «quietly in 4 months, 4 and a half months, we will vaccinate the entire population of the Algarve in these centers and health centers».

The goal is «by the end of August we will have 350 thousand people vaccinated in the Algarve, which is equivalent to 70% of the population».

To achieve this end, Paulo Morgado admits that “it is likely that we will have to hire some professionals, whether retired nurses or other types of nurses. We can even have the collaboration of nurses from hospitals. It is these types of logistical issues that we are still dealing with”, he concluded.