DGS asked for two weeks to define position on vaccination of children under 18

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The Directorate-General of Health (DGS) asked for two weeks to study the opinions of the Technical Commission on Vaccination against covid-19 in young people and the vaccination schedules to define a position, revealed the Minister of Health.

Speaking to journalists at the end of a ceremony to sign a protocol with the social sector within the scope of the Recovery and Resilience Plan, at Palácio Marquês do Alegrete, in Lisbon, Marta Temido he stressed that the Government does not recommend vaccines, but that it only applies the recommendations of the technical entities on this matter.

“What the DGS transmitted to us is the understanding of the Technical Vaccination Commission is that it will be desirable to have some more time and they referred us within two weeks to understand in more detail what the calendars are”, he stated.

According to the official, the preliminary opinions of this commission point to “a prioritization of the 18 to 16 age group” and “a prioritization of vaccination of children with comorbilidades in the range” below, between 15 and 12 years old, in addition to the aforementioned “request for more time” to collect and analyze information.

However, he guaranteed that the executive and the task force responsible for the process are prepared for any scenario.

“If the technical indication is that it is to vaccinate boys from 12 to 18 years old, it is to vaccinate. If the technical indication goes the other way, naturally we will accommodate our needs”, he observed.

“We are prepared to start vaccinating under the age of 18 in the last week of august. Our vaccination campaign is designed for this, we are still awaiting the technical indications”, he continued.