There are mayors who have not yet been contacted to be vaccinated against covid-19. Task force responsible for the vaccination plan blames the Regional Health Administrations (ARS).
The news was advanced, on Thursday night, by the Observer. The online newspaper reports that, more than two months after the dispatch signed by the Prime Minister in which the mayors of the City Councils were among the priority in vaccination, there are mayors who have not yet been contacted.
Asked about this situation, the task force he guaranteed that “he indicated to the various ARS that they managed this process, within the scope of their local structures, and that they proceed with the vaccination of the Presidents of Municipal Councils, through the respective ACeS [Agrupamento de Centros de Saúde]”.
“At this point, all mayors who have agreed to be vaccinated will have been inoculated with at least one dose,” he told the online newspaper.
However, this is not the reality told by the mayors. Fernando Medina, Mayor of Lisbon, and Manuel Machado, Mayor of Coimbra, are two such examples.
But, according to the digital newspaper, there are also cases of mayors who refused the vaccine against covid-19 because they did not want to be among the priority, especially after the controversies regarding undue vaccination.
One such case is Isaltino Morais, Mayor of Oeiras, who was contacted two weeks ago and who, despite his 71 years, told the Observer to prefer to wait for his turn in the call for age.
Carlos Carreiras, from the Cascais Chamber, also said that he was “polled right at the beginning of the vaccination process”, but he rejected being vaccinated “without the mother and mother-in-law or professionals in the front line” having been vaccinated before.
Alberto Mesquita, from Vila Franca de Xira, Alda Correia de Carvalho, Castanheira de Pêra, Carlos Pinto Sá, from Évora, José Farinha Nunes, from Sertã, Gonçalo Lopes, from Leiria, and Luísa Salgueiro, from Matosinhos, are also among them. who refused priority vaccination.