Covid-19: Open self-scheduling for weekend vaccinations for children

Today announced the Shared Services of the Ministry of Health (SPMS)

Self-scheduling for the first dose of vaccine against Covid-19 is, since today, available for children between the ages of five and 11, allowing appointments for the next weekend.

“The online scheduling portal for vaccination makes it possible, since this morning, to request the scheduling of the first dose of the vaccine against Covid-19 for children from five to 11 years old, so that they can be vaccinated on the weekend, the 26th and 27 February”, said the Shared Services of the Ministry of Health (SPMS).

In a statement, the SPMS stressed that this appointment through the portal, which will be available until 23:59 pm on Wednesday, allows minors to be vaccinated “in the most convenient place, according to the availability and installed capacity of the existing vaccination posts. ”.

Also on Saturday and Sunday will take place the administration of second doses to children who started vaccination between 6 and 9 January, which will be scheduled through an SMS message, advances the statement.

According to the most recent data from the Directorate-General for Health, by the end of last Saturday, 329.958 children between the ages of 5 and 11 had started vaccination against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and 83.691 had already received both doses of the pediatric vaccine. .

Covid-19 has caused at least 5.884.689 million deaths worldwide since the beginning of the pandemic, according to the latest report by the Agence France-Presse.

In Portugal, since March 2020, 20.866 people have died and 3.193.178 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.