Covid-19: The exclusive vaccination period for children and school community starts today

Children will be vaccinated in the morning, teachers and professionals from daycare centers and ATL receive reinforcement in the afternoon

More than 100 children between the ages of 5 and 11, in the morning, and teachers and professionals from day care centers and ATL, in the afternoon, are now being called for vaccination against Covid-19.

For children between 5 and 11 years old, a second vaccination period, exclusive to this age group, begins today, with approximately 103 appointments until Sunday.

In the first period for these ages, which took place over the weekend of 18 and 19 December, 95.752 children were vaccinated with the pediatric dose of Pfizer.

The decision to vaccinate this age group was announced by the Government on December 10, following the recommendation of the DGS, after hearing the Technical Vaccination Commission and considering logistical issues with the coordinating nucleus of support to the Ministry of Health.

Between February 5th and March 13th, the second doses will be administered, when the vaccination schedule for this age group will be concluded, estimates the Government.

Earlier this week it was also announced by the Deputy Secretary of State and Health, António Lacerda Sales, that teachers and professionals from day care centers and ATL would receive a booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Considered a priority group for vaccination by health authorities, they will be called on the same days as children between 5 and 11 years old, but in the afternoon, in the Open House mode, for which they will have a digital password.

On Monday, the National Federation of Teachers (Fenprof) had again claimed that school workers should be considered one of the priority groups for vaccination, and that they should be vaccinated before returning to school scheduled for 10 January.

According to estimates by Fenprof, about half of the teachers had not yet done the booster of the vaccine, as they were not considered illegible to be able to do so.

According to the health authorities, teaching and non-teaching staff who want to be vaccinated with the booster dose must first request a digital password in the Covid-19 Portal.

According to the coordinator of the vaccination plan, Carlos Penha-Gonçalves, at the Wednesday experts meeting at Infarmed, most of the people who still need to be vaccinated against Covid-19 are children and young people between 5 and 20 years old.

Carlos Penha-Gonçalves, army colonel, said that, at this time, 90% of the population has started vaccination and 88% has completed vaccination.

There is a fraction of the population that is still waiting for the second dose because it is not eligible, mostly children who were vaccinated on December 18 and 19, explained the representative of the Covid-19 Vaccination Plan Coordination Nucleus .