Covid-19: Only 83 children between the ages of 5 and 11 have full vaccination

According to DGS

More than 83 children between the ages of 5 and 11 have a complete primary vaccination against Covid-19, of which 5.518 were inoculated on Saturday, the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) released today.

According to the most recent data from the DGS, 2.012 children in this age group started the vaccination process on Saturday and 3.506 received the second dose of the vaccine.

At the moment, 83.691 children between the ages of 5 and 11 are in mainland Portugal, with complete primary vaccination and 329.958 with a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Outside this age group, 5.152 people were also vaccinated with the second dose, 22.649 with the booster dose and 389 received the flu vaccine, indicates the DGS.

According to the released data, 8.892.049 people have completed the primary vaccination and 5.826.929 have already received the booster dose.

On Thursday, the coordinator of the vaccination plan, Colonel Carlos Penha-Gonçalves, admitted that the vaccination against Covid-19 for children is below expectations, but stressed that Portugal is one of the European countries with the highest rate of adherence in the country. age group between 5 and 11 years.

The Assistant Secretary of State and Health, Lacerda Sales, stressed that the immunization of children against Covid-19 is a “continuous process” and that “practically 50% of this age group has been vaccinated”.

Covid-19 has caused at least 5,87 million deaths worldwide since the beginning of the pandemic, according to the latest report by the Agence France-Presse.

In Portugal, since March 2020, 20.831 people have died and 3.187.389 cases of infection have been recorded, according to the latest update from the Directorate-General for Health.

The respiratory disease is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, detected in late 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China.

The rapidly spreading and mutating Ómicron variant has become dominant in the world since it was first detected in November in South Africa.