This Saturday begins the process of vaccinating the security forces. 20 thousand professionals will be inoculated: 10,000 military personnel from the National Republican Guard (GNR) and 10,000 agents from the Public Security Police (PSP).
According to the newspaper Public, which cites a statement from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the operation, which kicks off two days after the firefighters’ vaccination starts, is expected to last three weeks e inocular 20 thousand professionals: 10,000 military personnel from the National Republican Guard (GNR) and 10,000 police officers from the Public Security Police (PSP).
GNR and PSP defined the vaccination order, prioritizing those who are “on the front line and more exposed coronavirus risks ”, also taking into account elements of the forces that suffer from comorbidities or pathologies listed by the Directorate-General for Health (DGS).
The Ministry of Internal Affairs considers that the beginning of the vaccination of elements of the PSP and GNR “recognizes the role of the Security Forces in combating the covid-19 pandemic, placing them among the vaccination priorities within the essential functions of the State ”.
In Lisbon and the Tagus Valley, the vaccination will be carried out in a “joint vaccination center for guards and policemen in the area”, set up at the premises of the Count de Lippe Barracks, in Ajuda ”.
The center will have the presence of six members of the GNR Clinical Center and three members of the Portuguese Red Cross and will allow the process to proceed without putting more pressure on vaccination services.
According to the note, vaccination of military personnel and agents from other regions of the country will be health centers.
Order requires immediate vaccination of all doctors
The Ordem dos Médicos created a petition addressed to the Prime Minister to demand the “immediate vaccination” of all clinicians against the covid-19, which had collected, on Friday night, more than 9,200 signatures.
With the president Miguel Guimarães as the first subscriber, the petition created at the beginning of the week states that “Most of the doctors still need to be vaccinated” who work in the National Health Service (SNS) and the “vast majority” of those who provide services in the private and social sectors.
“As vaccines against covid-19 are a scarce asset exclusive to the State, we cannot help expressing our indignation that many thousands of doctors have not yet been vaccinated, and are being excluded from the Vaccination Plan”, reads in the text.
According to the petition, not vaccinating clinicians represents “limiting patients’ access to diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, such as consultations, exams or surgeries”, since “for every doctor who becomes ill or in prophylactic isolation, many patients (covid and not covid) stay with your health more and more compromised“.
“Vaccinate all doctors, according to the priorities defined at national and international level, it is a question of ethics and justice. To preserve the health of those who have the duty and the competence to be at the forefront of saving lives is to defend the public interest and the health of the country ”, the text also adds.
Disabled priority claimed
The Federation of Portuguese Associations of Cerebral Palsy (FAPPC) complained this Friday priority for people with disabilities in the vaccination strategy against covid-19, also involving those who support them in their daily lives in the process.
In a letter to which Lusa had access, sent on Thursday to the Minister of Health, Director-General of Health, Coordinator of the National Vaccination Plan covid-19 and with the knowledge of the Secretary of State for the Inclusion of People with Disabilities, the FAPPC expresses concern for the “fact that people with disabilities are not included in the groups classified as priority – 1st or 2nd phase ”.
Stressing that it is claiming a right for “people with disabilities and not exclusively for people with cerebral palsy”, the federation, considered “undeniable” that these, “by physical or mental limitation, are at greater risk of contracting covid-19”.
“It is undeniable, too, that some people with disabilities are unable (and cannot!) Respect the well-known rules of distance and hygiene, for example… communication difficulty e absence of adequately accessible information”, Warns the FAPPC.
The federation further argues that cerebral palsy “covers a wide spectrum of clinical situations”, noting that “approximately 10% of people with this pathology have a complex clinical picture, of extreme vulnerability and with severe neuromotor deficit”.
In addition, a significant number “are less than 50 years old and do not reside in institutions, thus not being covered by the prioritization criteria applied in vaccination ”.
“Scientific evidence demonstrates that when infected with covid-19, people with disabilities are more likely to develop more severe symptoms, with a risk of death,” he adds.
Vaccination against the new coronavirus started on December 27, first covering health professionals directly involved response to the pandemic, followed by professionals and residents of nursing homes and long-term care units.
The first phase of the vaccination plan also includes Armed Forces professionals, security forces and services considered critical, holders of sovereign bodies, elderly aged 80 and over e people 50 years and older and with diseases associated companies.
On Thursday, the Prime Minister warned that Portugal will receive less than half of the vaccines against covid-19 that were scheduled for the first quarter of this year, a problem is not in the distribution or the lack of human resources to administer the vaccine, but “outside Portugal”.
Maria Campos, ZAP // Lusa