Portimão launches “vaccine taxi” for senior citizens

Portimão Council has launched a new free service designed to transport senior citizens to the local health centre to receive their Covid-19 vaccine.

Entitled ‘Vaccine Taxi’, the free service is aimed at citizens aged over 80 or over 50 “who are suffering from mobility issues or other health conditions”.

The transportation service can be requested via telephone (808 282 112) by citizens who have been contacted by the health authorities to receive the vaccine but lack the means to travel.

A family member can go along to accompany the person, says the council, but sanitary rules must be followed.

The scheme has been developed by Portimão Council with the support of local taxi companies Taxiarade and Cooptáxis.

Meanwhile, the municipal civil protection service is working alongside the Health Centre Group of the Western Algarve (ACES Barlavento) to ensure that “no one is left behind” in the vaccination process.

“Of the 299 citizens that the local health centre was unable to contact, 202 were contacted shortly after with the assistance of local parish councils as well as the GNR and PSP police and local firefighters,” said the council.

Thus, citizens in Alvor and Mexilhoeira Grande who are eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine at this stage of the vaccination programme have already been contacted.

And citizens “aged 82 and over” who haven’t yet been contacted by the health authorities should call the municipal civil protection service at 808 282 112.