“Vaccination in Residential Structures for the Elderly (ERPI) begins on Monday and people over 80 will begin to be vaccinated over the next week, at vaccination centres or health centres”, said the DGS.

According to the same source, people over 80 will be called by local appointment, via SMS message or phone call, as has already happened in other phases of vaccination against Covid-19.

According to the DGS, the Technical Commission for Vaccination Against Covid-19 (CTVC) of the DGS recommended taking the second booster dose, with the “objective of improving the protection of the most vulnerable population, given the current increase in the incidence of cases in Portugal".

The population eligible for this vaccination is around 750,000 people, who must be vaccinated at least four months after the last dose or after a diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 infection, that is, this “reinforcement also covers the people who have recovered from the infection”.