Lisbon, 28 Sep 2020 (Lusa) – Ten percent of the flu vaccines for the elderly will be able to be administered in 2,000 pharmacies in the country in addition to the National Health Service, announced today the Secretary of State for Health.
“In addition to vaccination in health centers this year, about 10% of vaccines reserved for the population over 65 years of age can be administered in 2,000 pharmacies across the country thanks also to an effort and commitment” from the National Pharmacy Association and the Associação de Farmácias de Portugal, “in a complementary regime to the National Health Service”, António Lacerda Sales advanced at the press conference on Covid-19.
On the day that the first phase of influenza vaccination begins, for the first time in September to minimize the simultaneous circulation of the seasonal flu virus and SARS-CoV-2, the minister highlighted a campaign that unites the orders of Nurses (OE ), from Pharmacists (OF) and Doctors (OM) to the Ministry of Health in “favor of the success of this vaccination campaign”.
The campaign, with the motto “Vaccinate yourself, vaccinate for all” aims to reach this stage, “in a very particular way to health professionals, whose need for protection is even more necessary this year, but also to the elderly, to pregnant women to the chronically ill and to all those who must be protected in the first and second phase of vaccination “, which starts on October 19th.
“The pandemic has taught us a lot about unity. It has been through the effort of everyone that we have managed to overcome many of the challenges that have been placed on us. Also in terms of vaccination against the flu, we are all together again in favor of the success of this campaign. vaccine that will be the country’s success “, stressed António Lacerda Sales.
Thus, the three professional orders joined the Ministry of Health, through the Directorate-General for Health, in the development and financial support of this “communication campaign aimed at ensuring that none of the identified risk groups remains unvaccinated this year”, he said thanking to the staff of OE, Ana Rita Cavado, of OF, Ana Paula Martins, and of OM, Miguel Guimarães, for their “contribution in defending the health of the Portuguese”.
The 335 thousand doses of vaccines from this first phase of the vaccination campaign are aimed at health professionals who provide services to the public, pregnant women and elderly people living in homes.
According to António Lacerda Sales, the two million vaccines will arrive in tranches. “People will not be vaccinated all at once, it is an organizational process of primary health care that will run smoothly until the end of the year”.
The covid-19 pandemic has already claimed more than one million deaths and more than 33.1 million cases of infection worldwide, according to a report made by the French agency AFP.
In Portugal, 1,957 people died from 74,029 confirmed cases of infection, according to the most recent bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health.
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