“In order to speed up the vaccination process, the country's Vaccination Centres were open over the weekend, with a greater turnout being recorded on Saturday. Over the two days, at least 68,700 flu vaccines and 44,700 booster doses of the covid-19 vaccine were administered to users aged 65 years and over", said the Directorate-General (DGS) in a statement.

Also according to the DGS, “Portugal has already administered more than half a million booster and additional doses of the vaccine against covid-19 and more than one million vaccines against the flu”.

Since October 18, the co-administration of flu vaccines and the third dose of the vaccine against covid-19 has been underway, which includes citizens aged 65 years or over and in a situation of immunosuppression.

The “open house” programme for people aged 80 and over, which worked this weekend to speed up the vaccination process against covid-19 and the flu, “is maintained throughout the week”.

The DGS advises users, before going to the vaccination centre in their area of ​​residence, to consult the respective opening hours at https://covid19.min-saude.pt/casa_aberta/ .

The DGS also highlights that self-scheduling of vaccines is also available for people aged 70 and over, and that this can be done at https://covid19.min-saude.pt/pedido-de-agendamento/ .