COVID-19: In Portugal, by the End of May, All People with Diabetes Above 16 Will Have Received Their First Vaccine Shot

30 April 2021

Portugal is currently starting the second COVID-19 vaccination phase. The Portuguese Diabetes Association (APDP) estimates that, by the end of May, all people with diabetes above 16, type 1 or type 2, will have received the first shot of the vaccine.

 In the first phase that ended in April, between 300 and 400 thousand people (i.e. 30% – 40% of people with diabetes in Portugal) were vaccinated.  They were either people over 80 who are living with diabetes or people over 50 living with diabetes and respiratory, cardiac or renal failure – a population at higher risk of serious complications.

The second phase now includes all people with diabetes aged 16 and over, as strongly advocated for by APDP, in the context of their participation in the COVID-19 Vaccination Plan Working Group.

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