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Age will be a priority criterion for the second phase of vaccination – ZAP

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António Sarmento, the first person to be vaccinated against covid-19 in Portugal

The Directorate-General for Health confirmed, this Thursday, that the criterion of decreasing age range will be used already in the second phase of vaccination.

The Directorate-General for Health (DGS) confirmed, this Thursday at the end of the day, that the criteria for the second phase of vaccination will be changed and that the age becomes a priority.

The Diário de Notícias advances that it is likely that, from April, the age groups from 70 to 79 years old, from 60 to 69 years old will start to be vaccinated, regardless of whether they have serious pathologies or not.

In the reply sent to the DN, DGS justifies the amendment with the argument that “the Vaccination Plan against Covid-19 is dynamic and adaptable to the evolution of scientific knowledge, to the availability and approval of vaccines against Covid-19 in the European Union , and the epidemiological evolution ”.

Thus, and taking into account that an increase in vaccine doses is expected, it will be possible to adjust the plan in order to vaccinate the greatest number of people in the shortest period of time.

The morning stresses that the proposal of the Technical Commission on Vaccination (CTV) creates a two-pronged strategy: vaccination by age, using the criterion of decreasing age, and vaccination of people with at least one of the pathologies identified for phase two, with no age limit.

This strategy will make it possible to ensure that the vast majority of older people are vaccinated. vulnerable is on risk of hospitalization and death by covid-19.

In an interview with Renascença radio and Público newspaper, published this Thursday, Henrique Gouveia e Melo, coordinator of the vaccination plan against covid-19, defended that Portugal should also start vaccinating by age.

The person in charge of task force considers that “it does not make sense to stay the majority of the population waiting for the small groups to be vaccinated”. The current model lacks a “very complex and rules-based organization” and, therefore, “hinders all the logistics and the efficiency of the process”.

Liliana Malainho Liliana Malainho, ZAP //

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