The campaign began in the temporary shelter centre installed in the Pavilhão do Casal Vistoso, in the parish of Areeiro, created to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic, and will extend throughout the week “to all other centres” and be available “in the street, in mobile units”, the Councillor for Social Rights of the City of Lisbon advanced to Lusa.

Vaccination against influenza for homeless people happens every year, Manuel Grilo recalled, but this year it has “a particular importance, ensuring that people with influenza will not clog up emergency rooms in hospitals and health centres”.

“Normally homeless people have a number of health vulnerabilities, so it is very important to be vaccinated against the flu now,” said the Mayor of BE.

According to Manuel Grilo, around 700 homeless people were vaccinated last year and this year “the number will not be far from this”.

This vaccination campaign aimed at the homeless is organised by the Lisbon City Council, Santa Casa da Misericórdia and the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Regional Health Administration.