Healthy young people aged 12 to 15 have to wait for a task force

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Healthy teenagers aged between 12 and 15 years have to wait for the schedule of the task force to be vaccinated against covid-19, not being able to be vaccinated at this stage, according to the General Directorate of Health.

“The possibility of access for healthy adolescents to vaccination does not arise at this stage, as they are still being vaccinated age groups over 18 years old and priority is being given to adolescents and young people with comorbidities”, said the General Directorate of Health (DGS) this Wednesday in a note sent to the newsrooms.

On Sunday, in a clarification sent to Lusa, the DGS considered, after hearing the technical commission on vaccination against covid-19, that “any teenager aged 12-15 should be given the possibility of access to vaccination for medical indication”, without however specifying when this vaccination process would take place.

According to the standard that defines priority diseases for vaccinating adolescents aged 12-15 years, and which was updated on Wednesday night, these young people with comorbidities must attend the date they are called for vaccination, in the Vaccination Centers with the person who has their custody.

The DGS determines that children between the ages of 12 and 15 who have active cancer, diabetes, obesity, chronic renal failure are among those who should be vaccinated primarily against covid-19.

The standard also establishes transplantation and immunosuppression as priority diseases for vaccination.

According to the standard, they are also included neurological diseases, which encompass cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophies, developmental disorders such as Trisomy 21 and severe and profound intellectual development disorders. Chronic lung disease, chronic respiratory disease, such as severe asthma, and cystic fibrosis are also among the priorities.

The DGS states that, “as was done for the priority comorbidities for Phase 1 and Phase 2 (people aged 16 or over), adolescents with these comorbidities are eligible for vaccination after their identification, through the Electronic Prescription Physician, by the assistant physicians”.

“It is also possible, as in the vaccination of people aged 16 or over, in exceptional and clinically substantiated situations, for the doctor to refer a person for priority vaccination”, states the standard.