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Factsheet for measure PT-2022-12/2860 – measures in Portugal

Regulation on vaccination of foreign nationals in the context of temporary protection

Norma sobre vacinação de cidadãos estrangeiros em contexto de proteção temporária

Country Portugal , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 19 March 2022
Context COVID-19, War in Ukraine
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Measures to prevent social hardship
– Access to healthcare
Author Paula Carrilho - CESIS
Measure added 13 September 2022 (updated 21 September 2022)

Background information

The Portuguese Government has approved a special measures package to host, protect and integrate people who fled Ukraine to Portugal, who have been granted temporary protection under the Resolution of the Council of Ministers 29-A/2022, of 1 March (amended by Resolution of the Council of Ministers 29-D/2022, of 11 March).

The Decree-Law 24-B/2022 of 11 March lays down exceptional measures to grant temporary protection to displaced persons from Ukraine.

One of the priorities is the vaccination of the displaced persons from Ukraine, within the scope of the National Vaccination Programme and other national vaccination strategies. On 19 March 2022 the Directorate-General for Health (Direção Geral da Saúde - DGS) issued the 003/2022 Standard with recommendation and specific orientations regarding this matter.

Content of measure

The Directorate-General for Health (DGS) define that the vaccination is one of the priorities of the welcome programme in terms of health.

According to the 003/2022 Standard issued by DGS, the citizens’ vaccination programmes must be adapted according to those recommended in Portugal.

Considering the existence of a greater risk of certain vaccine-preventable diseases in countries with low vaccination coverage and in the face of disruptive circumstances, such as armed conflict, priorities for vaccination against measles and polio were defined.

Recommendations regarding vaccination against tuberculosis, according to the National Vaccination Program (PNV), the Vaccination Campaign against COVID-19 and the Vaccination Campaign against seasonal flu were also issued.

These recommendations comply with the National Vaccination Programme (PNV), which determines that, in Portugal, all persons have the right to be vaccinated.

Vaccination will be carried out after an assessment of the vaccination status, according to age and possible pathologies or special circumstances. All vaccines considered necessary must be administered, whenever possible.

Use of measure

No information to date.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Does not apply to businesses Migrants or refugees

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Public support service providers
No special funding required

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


No involvement of any social partner in the design, implementation and monitoring of the measure.

Views and reactions



  • 01 March 2022: Council of Ministers 29-A/2022, of 1 March (
  • 11 March 2022: Council of Ministers 29-D/2022, of 11 March (
  • 11 March 2022: Decree-Law 24-B/2022 of 11 March (
  • 19 March 2022: 003/2022 Standard (


Eurofound (2022), Regulation on vaccination of foreign nationals in the context of temporary protection, measure PT-2022-12/2860 (measures in Portugal), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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