Portugal has inoculated 98% of all its eligible residents, reaching one of the highest vaccination rates in the world and dropping nearly all COVID-19 restrictions Friday.
Eighty-six percent of Portugal’s 10.3 million population have been fully vaccinated, according to The New York Times (NYT).
Portugal is among the world’s leaders in vaccinations, with roughly 86% of its population fully inoculated.
Vice Adm. Henrique Gouveia e Melo, who turned the country’s vaccine campaign around, said there was a key to his success: Keep politics out of it.https://t.co/ZGFNBv7SRX
— The New York Times (@nytimes) October 1, 2021
“We believe we have reached the point of group protection and nearly herd immunity. Things look very good,” Vice Adm. Henrique Gouveia e Melo, a former submarine squadron commander who has led the government’s vaccination program, said, according to the NYT.
Gouveia e Melo touted his accomplishments in promoting vaccination, saying that only 2.2% of the population are now against the vaccine, as opposed to “some 40% who were unsure” in the beginning, according to the NYT. (RELATED: Vaccine Hesitancy Among Fox News Viewers Hits All-Time Low After Network Promotes The Jab, Poll Finds)
“The first thing is to make this thing a war,” he explained his success in an interview, the NYT reported. “I use not only the language of war, but military language.”