The Director-General of Health announced this Friday that the DGS only recommends, for now, vaccination against covid-19 of young people aged 12 to 15 with comorbidities.
At a press conference held this Friday, Graça Freitas began by reminding that the covid-19 tends to be light in children of these ages, but those who have certain comorbidities are at increased risk of presenting a more severe clinical picture.
The Director-General of Health recalled that, at the moment, there are two vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for young people aged 12 to 15: Moderna and Pfizer.
However, international health authorities have detected, and although they are rare, mild cases of myocarditis and pericarditis in this age group. As this inoculation is being carried out for a short time, there is still no conclusive data.
In addition to the Covid-19 Technical Commission on Vaccination, the DGS decided to consult a group of specialists in Pediatrics and Child Health on this matter and, given the lack of data, preferred to wait for more results in the short term.
Therefore, said Graça Freitas, the DGS only recommends, for now, vaccination against covid-19 of young people between 12 and 15 years old. who have comorbidities associated with serious illness.
“The DGS recommends priority vaccination of adolescents between 12 and 15 years of age with comorbidities associated with serious illness”, said the Director-General of Health.
“With all serenity”, said the official, Portuguese health authorities prefer to wait for more scientific evidence before recommending universal vaccination for these age groups.
The DGS considers that the possibility of vaccination should be given to all children in this age group by medical indication and according to the availability of vaccines, forwarding universal access for these ages to a later date.
Graça Freitas recalled that the vaccination process “is going very well in Portugal”, that there are still several age groups to be inoculated and also wanted to reiterate the importance of vaccinating people aged 16 and over.
Questioned by journalists, the director-general of Health informed that young people who are not vaccinated still have to test negative when asked to do so, because if the opinion this afternoon had been different, they would not be vaccinated already, a as the vaccination process is still ongoing among older people.
“The purpose of the vaccine is a, the purpose of the test is another“he further stated.
Last week, the Technical Commission on Vaccination had recommended that the DGS should only vaccinate young people between 12 and 15 years old with comorbidities, a recommendation that, as verified this afternoon, was heard by the DGS.
Filipa Mesquita, ZAP //