The coordinator of the task force vaccination against covid-19 announced this Tuesday that patients followed up in external consultations will be able to be vaccinated in the hospitals themselves, a process that should start next week.
“We are organizing a process in which all patients who are in external consultation, because they are the most serious patients, are also vaccinated in the hospital context immediately within the hospitals’ own consultations”, said Vice Admiral Henrique Gouveia e Melo, in an interview to RTP3.
According to the person responsible for the vaccination plan that started in late 2020, this procedureo “makes the process a lot easier” to vaccinate people with diseases and it is also a “Safer vaccination”.
“We are preparing the process. We didn’t used to take a long time to prepare these processes ”, said Gouveia e Melo, who admitted that this vaccination in hospital could start as early as next week.
Next week it is planned to “start vaccinating more than 100 thousand people per day “,” if there are no setbacks in the delivery of vaccines “, added the coordinator of the task force.
If there are no setbacks in the delivery of vaccines that are expected to arrive in Portugal, the goal of having 70% of the population vaccinated with the first dose against the SARS-CoV-2 virus will be reached between the end of July and August.
Recovered vaccinated after six months
This Tuesday, the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) updated the vaccination standard, and it is now defined that patients who have recovered from covid-19 can be vaccinated after the vaccination of people over 60 has ended, since that have passed at least six months about the date they were diagnosed. The recovered will be called according to the age group to which they belong.
According to the newspaper Público, the previous version stated that the six months were counted from the day when isolation was discharged. With the new version, it is defined that “the six months are counted from the day of notification of the case”. Regardless of the vaccine, it will be administered to the recovered just one dose.
People who became infected after the first dose “should be vaccinated with a dose of the same vaccine, after six months notification of SARS-CoV-2 infection ”.
The vaccination of people between 16 and 79 years of age that occurs in descending order of age takes place “in parallel” with that of people aged 16 or more who have at least one of the diseases that make them a priority in this second phase. These lists include, for example, captive cancer, transplantation, diabetes, HIV and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
As for the resilience group, the current list was concentrated on “health professionals involved in the providing care to patients and professionals involved in the pandemic response system ”, such as the professionals involved in providing care to patients, in their transportation – firefighters and the Portuguese Red Cross -, professionals directly involved in hospital support services and primary health care and students of the latter year of Medicine and Nursing courses.
Most people over 65 took a dose
According to figures released by the vaccination task force, cited by the weekly Expresso, 93% of people in Portugal aged 80 and over have already taken at least one dose of the vaccine – a figure that is 71% among those who are 65 and 79 years old.
Regarding complete vaccination, 82% of people aged 80 or over have already taken both doses, while only 7% of the population between 65 and 79 have a complete vaccination.
In the population aged 50-64 years, 19% took a dose and 4% both; in the 25-49, 11% took one and 4% both; at 18-24 it is 4% and 2%, respectively.
In addition, 386 people up to the age of 17 have taken a dose and 232 already have a complete vaccination.
Thus, 25% of the population has already taken a dose, which means that three out of four people in Portugal have not yet started the vaccination process. Almost one million people (9% of the population) have already taken both doses.
The process is more advanced in the Center and no Alentejo, where 30% and 32% of the population has already taken a dose, which is 12% and 13%, respectively, among those who took both. Here are the Madeira (27% took one dose and 9% both) and the Algarve (22% and 8%). In the region North, 24% of the population took one dose and 8% both, which is 23% and 8% respectively. Lisbon and Tagus Valley. US Azores it is where fewer people took the first dose (20%), with 9% taking both.
A study by the Public Health Institute of the University of Porto revealed that the intention to be vaccinated against covid-19 was higher in people aged 60 or more and lower in individuals between 40 and 49 years old.
The document concludes that the vast majority of respondents (90%) “maintained their intention to be vaccinated against covid-19”. The intention to be vaccinated was “always more frequent” among participants with 60 years or more (between 92% and 95%) and less in individuals aged between 40 and 49 years (84% e 85%).
Respondents with “higher income” also remained more favorable to vaccination, with no “notorious” regional differences.
Maria Campos, ZAP // Lusa