Covid-19 vaccination can be scheduled by SMS. See how it works

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 Covid-19 vaccination can be scheduled by SMS.  See how it works

At a time when more UK’s people are starting to be called for vaccination, a new type of schedule is also being tested for the Covid-19 vaccine. The call is now made via a message on the mobile phone (SMS).

As reported by SIC Notícias, this announcement was made this Monday by the President of Shared Services of the Ministry of Health. Luís Goes Pinheiro revealed that the tests started last Thursday in the Lisbon region.

How the SMS scheduling process works

There is “sending SMS to the number that is registered in the system with a very direct question”. It is said that the person “has an appointment” for a specific date in a specific location. From there, the person you just have to answer “yes” or “no” to the SMS.

If you answer “yes” vaccination is scheduled at the defined time and place. If you answer “no”, or not responding within the time specified, receives a new SMS with a new date proposal, trying to get a positive response.

It is important to note that, if the vaccination schedule is confirmed via SMS, an SMS will be received the day before the set date, so that it is remembered.

It should be noted that these tests started in the Lisbon region, and over the weekend they were extended to six units of ARS Norte. However, it will soon reach other regions of the country.

As for the second doses of the vaccine, they will be scheduled when giving the first dose. After agreeing to the second date, you will also receive an SMS the day before this in order to remember.

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