Portugal target herd immunity by summer

28 Apr 2021

Portugal locals were pleased to hear that the country could achieve herd immunity to COVID-19 "towards the beginning rather than at the end of the summer". In order for this to take place, the Secretary of State for Health pointed out that the vaccination process has to continue in the current pace. 

Addressing journalists at the start of the week, Diogo Serras Lopes said, “If the forecasts come true, in what vaccines are available, then during the summer, more towards the beginning than towards the end, we will reach 70% adult population with a vaccine.” The governor stated that the government “does not like to give very specific goals, given that there have already been surprises with bad news about the delivery of vaccines”.

To ensure that that coronavirus outbreak is controlled, vaccination in the municipalities that had to return to the first phase of lockdown will be reinforced. Serras Lopes continued to say, “One of the things that has been done is that the municipalities that had to retreat in the phase of deflation are privileged in terms of vaccination and may have a higher percentage of vaccines allocated. 

“There will be a logic, not only of age groups, but also where there are more cases, and Portimão is one of those cases.”