Published on : Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Portugal is now the country with the world’s highest vaccination rate, according to figures from Our World in Data.
About 84% of the country’s 10.3 million population is now fully vaccinated. This is the highest rate in the world, ahead of the UAE (80.8%) and Singapore (77.3%) and well ahead of the 61.6% for the 27 member states of the European Union.
The goal of Portugal to fully inoculate 85% of its population is now within reach and the country is expected to relax some of the measures imposed to curb the spread of the disease.
The border restrictions are currently in place with only people travelling from EU/EEA member states as well as 20 other countries including the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Singapore allowed in for non-essential reasons, provided they show proof of vaccination or a negative test. All have to fill in a Passenger Locator Form.
The capacity restrictions are also in place for bars, restaurants, cultural venues and at family events such as weddings and baptisms while a COVID health pass is required to access certain venues, large events, group classes in gyms and restaurants at the weekend and during public holidays.
In tandem with the rising number of jabs, the COVID-19 infection rate and hospitalisations due to the virus have dropped to their lowest for almost 18 months.
On Wednesday, the country recorded 891 new infections and eight deaths. Some 426 people were hospitalised for COVID-19 across the country, compared to 527 a week ago and 621 on September 8.