Gouveia e Melo gives “green light” to the vaccination of minors from 12 years old

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Vice-admiral Gouveia e Melo confirmed, in an interview to Jornal 2, that the conditions for vaccinating children and young people from 12 years of age are in place.

The Technical Commission on Vaccination against Covid-19 (CTVC) advised the Directorate-General of Health (DGS) to only vaccinate young people between 12 and 15 years old who suffer from comorbidities, that is, who have other diseases. place in a risk group.

Now, in an interview with Jornal 2, the vice admiral Gouveio e Melo, coordinator of the covid-19 vaccination plan task force, says that “the conditions are met” to advance with the inoculation of the younger ones.

According to RTP, Gouveia e Melo said that this process will be done at the weekend and that must be the parents to do the self-schedule. In addition, he admitted the existence of waiting lines for vaccination.

The prime minister announced yesterday, in the debate on the state of the nation, in the Assembly of the Republic, the goal of vaccinating with two doses against covid-19, in the period between August 14th and September 19th, 570 thousand children and young people between 12 and 17 years old.

“We await a final decision from the General Directorate of Health on the vaccination of this population. But everything is prepared for the weekends between August 14th and September 19th to be administered the two doses of vaccine to approximately 570 thousand children and young people between 12 and 17 years old”, declared António Costa.

The vaccination of young people against covid-19 does not meet consensus between specialists and regulatory bodies, highlights the Público newspaper. Still, in Europe, most countries have already approved the administration of doses to the youngest.

However, some of these countries chose to vaccinate only the young people with risk comorbidities — just as the Technical Commission on Vaccination against Covid-19 had suggested.

The Commission’s recommendation was called for when the European Medicines Agency in May approved the use of Pfizer’s vaccines in young people aged between 12 and 15 years. This vaccine remains the only one with a specific authorization for this age group, however, the European regulator explained that it is up to each country to decide administer or not the vaccines.

Earlier this month, Marta Temido revealed in an interview with TVI that, if the plan’s goals are met, those under 18 years old should start being vaccinated against covid-19 in the last week of August.

Reinforced Technical Commission for Vaccination

The Technical Commission on Vaccination against Covid-19 became part of 19 advisory members, most physicians from various specialties, including five pediatricians, indicates an order from the director-general of Health published on Wednesday.

According to the order signed by Graça Freitas, pediatrician Ana Leça now assumes the presidency of CTVC, a body created in November 2020 to advise the Directorate-General of Health on vaccination strategies against covid-19 and which continues to be coordinated by the internal medicine physician Vernon Fonseca.

Among the advisory members of the committee, and in addition to five pediatricians, there are clinicians from various specialties such as obstetrics, rheumatology, hematology, immunoallergy, nephrology and oncology, as well as specialists in bioethics.

Emma Paulino, the pharmacist who recently assumed the presidency of the National Association of Pharmacies, and the pediatrician and epidemiologist Shamez Ladhani, which is linked to Public Health England, are also part of this advisory group, according to the order of the Director-General of Health.

“The near future requires rigorous and independent monitoring of new scientific data in order to protect public health through vaccination, and to adapt vaccination strategies, permanently and continuously, to the availability and safety and efficacy results of vaccines. , and to the new challenges of the pandemic situation, demanding, for this, also a diversification of the areas of expertise involved in the work of CTV”, states the dispatch.

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