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Lisbon randomly chose who to vaccinate. Task force forced her to use age criteria – ZAP

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The Regional Health Administration (ARS) of Lisbon and Vale do Tejo was the only one in the country to call users for vaccination against covid-19 automatically and randomly.

About 15 days ago, the choice of who to vaccinate in Lisbon began to be made according to an age criterion. The Regional Health Administration (ARS) of Lisbon and Vale do Tejo was calling users automatically and randomly, unlike the other four regions of the country.

The news, released this Sunday by Público, clarifies that the task force for vaccination forced the Lisbon and Vale do Tejo ARS to use the age criterion, like other regions. The change took effect about two weeks ago.

Currently, the elderly over 80 and the most at risk patients over 50 are being called first, ARS told the daily.

“Os ACES [agrupamentos de centros de saúde] Lisbon and Tagus Valley are calling the two priority user groups in descending order of age, according to the recent guidelines of the task force“, Explained the ARS of LVT.

In the vaccination standard, the Directorate-General for Health did not specify how the choice of people to be vaccinated should be made and left the decision to each Regional Health Administration (ARS). In the North, Center, Alentejo and Algarve, users were selected based on a decreasing order of ages since the start of the process.

Although the situation in Lisbon was changed two weeks ago, there will still be some problems in operationalizing the change. Público reports the case of Maria Silva, a 99-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s and ulcerative colitis who, after changing the criteria, still was not called for vaccination.

The daughter has already made a complaint to the DGS, the Health Regulatory Entity and the Ombudsman, after writing in the complaints book of the Grouping of Health Centers (ACES) of Lisbon North.

The newspaper learned from ACES that the “failure” can be explained by the lack of vaccines Pfizer and Moderna, as AstraZeneca’s are not recommended for people over 65 in Portugal.

Liliana Malainho Liliana Malainho, ZAP //

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