More than 1800 adolescents between 12 and 17 years old have already been vaccinated against COVID-19 in Madeira, according to the regional health authority.
“We want to prioritize and want to speed up the vaccination process in this age group and vaccinate adolescents and young people as quickly as possible,” said Ana Gouveia, coordinator of the archipelago’s Vaccination Centers.
The coordinator of the Vaccination Centers said that, in total, 1,860 young people and teenagers have been inoculated, of which 1,200 in the first ‘open day’.
Regional authorities estimate to inoculate about 20 thousand young people and teenagers to allow the start of the new school year safely, and the vaccine used in this age group is that of Pfizer.
The health authorities have scheduled another ‘open day’ for this age group for Friday, but the process also takes place any day of the week in the 11 municipalities in the region, with or without prior appointment, and always in the presence of a legal guardian.
According to the most recent data from the Regional Directorate of Health, Madeira, with about 250,000 inhabitants, has already administered 305,773 vaccines against covid-19 since December 2020, with 56% of the resident population already having full vaccination and 69% started vaccination, out of an eligible total of 175,000 users.