“Until 10:30 am today, August 13, more than 111,000 requests for self-scheduling of young people aged between 12 and 15 years were registered for the weekends of 21 and 22, and 28 and 29 August”, reports the vaccine task force of Portugal.

The second doses will be administered on the weekends of 11th and 12th, and 18th and 19th of September, so that this age group can complete the vaccination process before the start of the school year.

The Directorate-General of Health on Tuesday recommended universal vaccination of children and young people between 12 and 15 years old, thus no longer limited to specific situations, such as cases in which they have high-risk diseases.

In an interview with SIC on Thursday, Vice-Admiral Gouveia e Melo, who heads the task force, reaffirmed the importance of vaccinating younger people, and explained that children cannot be vaccinated outside their area of ​​residence. He also added that teenagers must always be accompanied by a guardian (parents or legal representative) when they go to a vaccination centre.

Self-scheduling for young people in this age group is available until Saturday at www.covid19.min-saude.pt.

The most recent DGS vaccination report against covid-19 counts 7,330,505 residents in Portugal (71%) with at least one dose of vaccine administered and 6,403,987 people (62%) with full vaccination.