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Covid -19 Vaccine – Free and Optional

The Minister of Health, Marta Temido said today, ahead of the anticipated  President of Portugal’s  proposed Vaccination  Plan press release, that the new Covid-19 vaccines, which may arrive in Portugal as early as January, will be free, optional and administered by the National Health Service (SNS).

The minister spoke to journalists in Lisbon, at the end of a meeting attended by the Prime Minister, António Costa.  When asked about the possibility of the vaccine being given in health centres or in large, less decentralized vaccination centres, Marta Temido stated that not only would the vaccine be given by SNS nurses, she went on to say that “initially access to the vaccines will be scarce and, therefore, similarly to what other countries have been planning, we will be rolling out a controlled release, however, when the vaccine becomes more widely available we will expand and create new vaccination points.

Samantha Gannon

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