Ten vaccination centres have been reactivated in the Algarve, giving the region the capacity to vaccinate an additional 5,000 people per day, the regional civil protection authority has announced.
Albufeira, Faro, Lagoa, Lagos, Loulé, Olhão, Portimão, Tavira, Silves and Vila Real de Santo António have all either reopened or set up new vaccination centres at a time when the government and health authorities carry out the roll-out of Covid-19 booster shots and the vaccination of children aged five to 11.
The region’s other six boroughs – Aljezur, Alcoutim, Castro Marim, Monchique, São Brás de Alportel and Vila do Bispo – will continue their vaccination efforts at their local health centres.
The announcement came a day before Prime Minister António Costa renewed his vaccination appeal while attending the inauguration of a newly-renovated school in Quarteira (click here).
“It is very important that anyone eligible for a vaccine gets it,” Costa said, adding that “unlike what we hear some say, children are also affected by Covid-19”.
Addressing the students who were in attendance, the PM added that the incidence rate is highest among unvaccinated children and their parents.
“By getting vaccinated, we are protecting ourselves and others,” he said.
Around 88,800 children aged between nine and 11 received their first Covid-19 jab last weekend, according to data from the national health board (DGS).
In Portimão, a new vaccination centre was set up at the local fairground (Parque de Exposições e Feiras), capable of vaccinating up to 800 people per day.
The vaccination centre is being reactivated at this new location because its previous venue – the local sports pavilion (Gimnodesportivo Municipal) – is “used daily by hundreds of citizens who would be deprived of their regular sports activity” if the vaccination centre were to be moved back there.
Faro also relocated its vaccination efforts from its local health centre to a new space at Forum Algarve, capable of vaccinating up to 400 people per day. Located on the shopping centre’s first floor, the new vaccination centre was described as a better option as it has more parking and is easier to access.
Elsewhere in the Algarve, Albufeira has a vaccination centre set up at its Espaço Multiusos on Rua Baden-Powell (up to 600 people per day). Lagoa’s vaccination centre reopened near the local health centre (600 per day), while Lagos, Loulé and Olhão are administering vaccinations at their local sports pavilions at Rossio de S. João (300 per day), Avenida Laginha Serafim (600) and Zona Industrial 2ª Fase respectively.
In Silves, a vaccination centre is running at the riverside Fissul venue (600 per day), while in Tavira and Vila Real de Santo António they are located at Parque das Feiras e Exposições (350) and the municipal João Ilídio Setúbal pavilion (300), respectively.