Like other European Union countries, Portugal is considering imposing an age limit on the administration of the AstraZeneca vaccine. The decision is expected to be announced later on Thursday.
The AstraZeneca vaccine should no longer be administered to all Portuguese eligible for inoculation against the pandemic virus, advances the newspaper Expresso, which knows that Infarmed experts are evaluating the possibility of administering the vaccine only to older age groups.
According to the Diário de Notícias, the vaccine should only be administered to people over 60 years of age, since Information Circular 43/2021, published this Thursday by the authority of the drug in Portugal, reports that the 62 cases of thrombosis cerebral venous sinuses and the 24 cases of splanchnic thrombosis, 18 of which fatal, occurred in people with less than 60 years.
In fact, the cases reported to the EMA through the pharmacovigilance system in the EU countries are, for the most part, of women between 18 and 60 years old within two weeks of vaccination.
In the same document, Infarmed also states that – although this effect has been detected in a very low number of people vaccinated in the EU – vaccinated people who have symptoms two weeks after vaccination should immediately seek medical assistance.
Infarmed also reinforces that health professionals who are in the administration of vaccines will be informed of the changes that may be defined for Portugal and that they should be attentive to the users’ symptoms informing them of what they should do.
The decision to apply restrictions on vaccine administration AstraZeneca, already taken by several European countries, should be announced this Thursday by the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) after meeting the Technical Commission on Vaccination.
Still this Thursday night, the Crisis Office for the covid-19 of the Medical Association will meet to analyze the recent information about the vaccine and the role of doctors in case of suspected adverse reactions.
On Wednesday, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) acknowledged that “there is a possible link between the administration of the vaccine and the occurrence of unusual blood clots combined with low platelets and that this undesirable effect should be included in the summary of characteristics information and information leaflet ”.
The EMA stressed, however, that the benefits of the vaccine far outweigh the risks and that vaccination must remain unrestricted.
“If you can get vaccinated, get vaccinated”, says Marcelo
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa defended this Thursday, in declarations to RTP, that the AstraZeneca vaccine “Has more pros than cons”, which justifies its continued use.
The President of the Republic affirmed “that all vaccines have reactions, some more serious, others less serious, but fortunately in Portugal there is no news of particularly serious reactions”.
“We cannot delay the pace of vaccination. If it is possible to vaccinate, get vaccinated. The month of April is crucial for us to be able to reach May without a state of emergency and with a successful lack of definition, ”he said, also underlining the importance of testing.
Asked about the divisions between Member States in this matter, which continue to occur even after the EMA announced that the benefits of the vaccine continue to outweigh the risks, and about Portugal’s position on the matter, the President of the República defended that the country “must vaccinate intensely”.
On existing divisions in relation to the countries of the European Union, the President replied that “Europe is like that” and that the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union has been “very patient”.
“It has tried to unite as much as possible, in a situation in which those who produce and supply the vaccines have not lived up to what was expected, in terms of speed and speed,” he said.
Sofia Teixeira Santos, ZAP //