Portimão Mayor urges population to get vaccinated against Covid-19

Portimão Mayor Isilda Gomes has urged the local population to get vaccinated against Covid-19, describing it as the only way to beat the pandemic.

“Forget about the myth that this virus only affects older people. Most people who are hospitalised these days are aged between 23 and 53. It is affecting younger people and there is only one way to fight it: through vaccination,” said Gomes on Tuesday in a video posted on the local council’s social media pages.

Gomes also thanked those who have followed Covid-19 guidelines and lamented the “minority” who do not respect them, which is “jeopardising the safety of everyone else”.

Portimão’s growing incidence rate means it is likely that the municipality will take a step back in its plan to emerge from lockdown today, which will have “serious consequences on the local economy,” the mayor said.

That is why Gomes believe it is so important for each citizen to “make their contribution” to solve the problem by getting their Covid-19 jab.

Portimão’s vaccination centre has been set up at the Gimnodesportivo sports complex on Avenida Miguel Bombarda.

The town’s municipal civil protection service has created a hotline (808 282 112) to help people with their questions.

The local council is also paying the taxi fee for those who are unable to travel on their own to the vaccination centre.

michael.bruxo@algarveresident.com