First phase of influenza vaccination kicks off

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This first phase will have 350 thousand doses of vaccine, which are intended for health professionals who provide services to the public, pregnant women and elderly people living in homes.

To avoid leaving home and minimize the risk, elderly people living in nursing homes will be vaccinated on the spot by nurses who will travel to the institutions themselves.

After this first phase, vaccination will be extended, starting on October 19th and will include other risk groups, namely people over 65 and those with chronic diseases.

This year they also have access to the vaccine without paying immunocompromised people and students in clinical internships.

The Director-General of Health, Graça Freitas, revealed, on September 18, during the daily press conference on the impact of Covid-19 in the country, that this year more than two million doses were purchased from two different companies.

One of the firms anticipated the delivery of the order and supplied 150 thousand doses to the regional health administrations, the Azores and Madeira.

It is essential to vaccinate

We want to vaccinate as soon as possible and are planning with regional health administrations to, if necessary, expand vaccination points to other community structures“in addition to health centers, said the director general of health, Graça Freitas when she announced the vaccination season this year.

Graça Freitas appealed to all people who have a medical indication to get vaccinated, stressing that this year, with the pandemic, it is “even more important that they do it”.

Having Covid-19, “it is advisable not to have other respiratory infections that can be confused with Covid and that require making a diagnosis to see if people have covid or have flu“, he said.

In addition to free vaccines for people included in risk groups, there will be vaccines for sale in pharmacies that can be purchased with a prescription and are reimbursed.

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