Vaccination for security forces and firefighters will no longer be groundbreaking due to the lack of vaccines, as administration will be increased for people aged 80 and over and between 50 and 79 years old with chronic diseases.
According to the Expresso newspaper, quoting testimony from the new coordinator of the task force, Henrique Gouveia e Melo, the shortage of vaccines led to a change in the original vaccination schedule, which delayed the vaccination of the armed forces and security forces, firefighters and governing bodies, such as sovereignty Courts and Parliament, and even doctors who are not on the front lines.
The majority of the vaccines available are given to two groups: people aged 80 and over and people aged 50 to 79 with one of the four diseases most at risk of Covid-19 (heart, heart, kidney and severe respiratory tract). According to the newspaper, the shortage of vaccines and the need to protect those hardest hit by Covid-19 prompted the task force’s new coordinator to redefine vaccination priorities.
Henrique Gouveia e Melo told the newspaper that 90% of the vaccines available are now supposed to “save lives” and only 10% are meant to “strengthen the state’s resilience in a pandemic period”.
According to the newspaper, this is tantamount to “speeding up the vaccination rate of professionals from essential state services, who are also part of the first phase of the plan and which include the armed forces and security forces, firefighters. Members of sovereign bodies such as courts and parliament and even doctors who are not on the front lines. “
It is “an example of adapting the plan to external conditions, maintaining and focusing the response on what is currently more urgent and essential,” said Gouveia e Melo. The Vice Admiral also says that “this focus, beyond the goal of saving lives, occurs when the priority groups of health and critical and essential services have been reinforced”.
Vaccination against Covid-19 in Portugal began on December 27 and initially included health professionals involved in responding to the disease and then extended to professionals and residents of nursing homes and long-term care units.
The first phase of the vaccination schedule also includes armed forces, security and service personnel who are classified as critical. However, people aged 80 and over and the diseases associated with them were vaccinated.
On Saturday, Prime Minister António Costa announced an increase in a hundred thousand vaccines to be given to the elderly over 80, as well as people over 50 and related diseases.
At the end of a visit to a family health department in Areeiro, Lisbon, one of the places where the firefighters vaccination trial took place, the Prime Minister noted that “the great vaccination campaign for all household users and workers” remained only those facilities that have resulted in outbreaks that are later vaccinated.
Regarding the vaccination of firefighters, which has already begun, the Prime Minister, along with health professionals, security forces or the armed forces, has included them in key state services and stressed the importance of “protecting” those who remain citizens protect He had vaccinated hours earlier in a barracks in Lisbon to inoculate elements of GNR and PSP.