Because of Covid-19 there is a lot of anxiety, groups that usually do not seek the vaccine this year have already booked. In a tour of some pharmacies in the city of Porto and Matosinhos, two of the municipalities that joined the “Vaccination SNS Local” program, which allows those at risk and who are over 65 to receive the vaccine free of charge at pharmacies, the TSF heard calls for serenity.
They still do not know the exact number of vaccines they will receive, but the stock is almost allotted. At the Porto pharmacy, reservations for the flu vaccine started in July, as explained by Adriana Osório, the technical director. “This year we are much more in demand than in previous years and are afraid of not purchasing the vaccines … we in July already started to have flu vaccine reserves from regular customers and other customers, who in normal years would not do so. vaccination but this year they want to do it “.
Next week the agenda is complete, a circuit for the flu vaccine was created.
“The flu vaccines will be given by appointment, the whole organization in the office will be with all care for a safe administration and we will have a corridor just for the flu vaccine”.
Pharmacy Ferreira da Silva, in Matosinhos, also registered a very high increase in the demand for the flu vaccine, reservations started in August and by groups that were not usually vaccinated, says Ângela Campos. “As is the case of children without any pathology , without a health problem. There is a large prescription from doctors and pediatricians and many people in the general population who do not have risk factors but who are looking for this year “
Ângela Campos explains that they joined the “Local SNS Vaccination” program, the protocol is the same as that of the National Health Service. “People will have to have an appointment and will be contacted, if they come earlier they have to wait outside. administered are contacted to say that they can now enter and that everything is disinfected, the nurse is prepared and will administer to that person. The general practitioner will have access to all the information that the user was vaccinated, where, by whom, batch of vaccine … everything is registered as in the NHS “.
At the Lidador Pharmacy, in Porto, Luís Fernandes says he does not remember a year in such demand, most traded the pharmacy for the health center. “We have had a lot of demand to take here, to avoid going to the health center, people are very afraid this year. There is some anxiety and this can be seen in the number of reservations, people really want to ensure that they are entitled to the vaccine. . Even the pneumonia vaccine has been more in demand and this is due to this pandemic moment “.
Pharmacists leave an appeal for serenity, they believe that the flu vaccine will arrive for everyone, it may be and it is not to be already in the immediate. Vaccination starts on Monday, October 19.