COVID-19 Vaccination in Portugal
Phase 1 from February 2021
People over the age of 50 with any of the following health conditions and people over the age of 80: Cardiac insufficiency, Coronary Illness, Kidney disease, COPD and chronic respiratory problems requiring mechanical ventilation and or using oxygen permanently.
Phase 2 from April 2021
People over the age of 65 who have not been vaccinated previously.
People between the ages of 50 and 64 years of age, who have at least one of the following illnesses: Diabetes, Cancer sufferers, Chronic renal failure (GFR < 60ml/min), Liver failure, High blood pressure, Obesity, Other underlying illnesses that fall into this category not yet defined.
Others phases will follow in due course. You can check if you are in Phase 1 or Phase 2 here.
Phase 3 will commence once phase 2 is completed.
This link will help you discover what phase you are currently included in for vaccinations. https://covid19estamoson.gov.p... (it is in Portuguese, but you can turn on the translator of your browser)
Resident in Portugal - with Nº Utente/SNS - user of STATE healthcare system:
As the State healthcare system (SNS) has your medical files and contact details, you will be contacted automatically according to the vaccination programme. You will be sent an SMS (from the number 2424) with a suggested appointment for the vaccine. You will need to reply SIM (if you can make it to the appointment) or NÃO (if you wish re-scheduling). If you reply NÃO, they will send you another SMS with a new appointment. The messages will be in Portuguese. If you do not reply at all or they do not have your mobile number, then they will call you. If they have no telephone contact for you, they will send you a letter by post.
The second dose of the vaccine will be scheduled at the time of taking the first dose.
Resident in Portugal - with Nº de Utente/SNS - user of the PRIVATE healthcare system:
The first thing for private healthcare patients to note, is that if they are registered with the SNS and have no health issues which will cause them to be in a higher risk category, they need to do nothing and will be called by the SNS automatically according to their age.
For those people who are registered with the State healthcare system (SNS), but who use the private medical system for treatments and who may have ailments that should be taken into account when contacting people for vaccinations, we have the following information from the Portuguese State health authorities:
If you do have any of the conditions mentioned in the vaccination programme, you should contact your doctor in the private sector and arrange a consultation. The doctor will then issue you with a Medical Report, in Portuguese, for you to take to the nearest Centro de Saúde for input into the SNS system. The doctor will issue this report through the PEM (Prescrição Eletrónica Médica) and it will have a bar code which will make this insert into SNS system very simple and quick. There is no need to ask for a doctor’s appointment at the Centro de Saúde as far as we are informed. (Whilst there is advice on social media that doctors in the private healthcare system will update the records on the national database, it is our understanding that no such link exists and that the patient themselves is responsible for taking the report issued by their doctor to the Centro de Saúde. We are monitoring this evolving situation and will update this Fact Sheet as we receive clearer information.)
If your Centro de Saúde is not accepting visitors and you wish to send an email to them, then you should consult this website https://bicsp.min-saude.pt/pt/... In the three boxes at the top, you will see ARS, ACES and UF. These are drop down boxes and you select the region in the first (ARS) box, for example ARS Algarve, then in the second (ACES) box select the area, for example ACES 1 – Algarve Central and then the town in the 3rd (UF) box. This will then give you a list on the right-hand side of the page of the Centro de Saúde that you can use and the contact details.
Whether you go in person or email, make sure you have/quote your personal identification, fiscal number as well as your Nº de Utente/SNS.
Resident in Portugal -without Nº de Utente/SNS-user of the PRIVATE healthcare system:
If you are Resident but have not yet registered with the SNS for a Nº Utente/SNS (also called Cartão de Utente), you must do so in order to be included in the vaccination programme. You need to contact your local Centro de Saúde and apply by e-mail or arrange an appointment, after which you will be issued a document called Cartão de Utente, that will have your State healthcare number, also known as Nº Utente or Nº SNS. For this application you will need your passport, Residency certificate/card and fiscal number.
People receiving a State Pension from an EU country or the UK must also have a social security number (Segurança Social) which is obtained by requesting an S1 form from the country that pays your State pension, this procedure is explained in our information Bulletin “P11-Medical Card”. As this is a procedure that can take some time, you should mention to the Centro de Saúde that you are working on getting the Segurança Social number and will inform them once this has been completed and you have the number. Meanwhile they should issue you with the Nº Utente/SNS in order for you to enter into the vaccination programme.
Once you have the Nº Utente/SNS, you can follow the procedure above to get your medical records registered into the SNS system if needed. If not, then you will be contacted by the Centro de Saude automatically according to age.
Non-Resident in Portugal:
If you are in Portugal at present and not able to travel to your country of residence (where you would normally be called for the vaccination), then you are entitled to be vaccinated in Portugal for free.
The Portugese Government has committed to vaccinate all those `present ‘in the country and they have put out a form for individuals who want to receive the vaccine but have no UTENTE number. You can still register via this site https://servicos.min-saude.pt/covid19/vacinacao-nao-utente
Meanwhile the SNS continue their advertising campaign to encourage good behaviours, with simple reminders over mask wearing, hand washing and social distancing. Remember where possible: Stay at home if you can and don’t let your guard down and let the virus in.
Wearing of masks in public spaces: The Portuguese Government has renewed the mandatory use of masks in public spaces for another 70 days, extending the requirement until 13th June.