According to Correio da Manhã reported today, the regional INEM Northern delegation included the owners and employees of a pastry shop in Porto in the group of professionals that was vaccinated in the first phase of the vaccination plan.
Questioned by Lusa, INEM sent further explanations for a statement to be made in the Northern delegation, at 16:30.
On Thursday, a complaint by the National Association for Emergency and Civil Protection (APROSOC) that the institute included non-priority professionals in vaccination against covid-19 caused INEM to deny “any and all accusations of personal favoritism” in the your vaccination process.
At the time, in a statement, the institute explained that “it requested only vaccinations for priority professionals, having received the 1,174 doses of anti-covid-19 Comirnaty® vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech) requested, which were administered to all priority professionals who expressed interest in being vaccinated ”.
“ The vaccination process started, priority professionals were identified who did not meet the criteria to be able to receive the first dose of the vaccine, according to the manufacturer’s safety indications (Pfizer), namely for presenting contraindications, with diagnosis or presence of indicator symptoms of covid-19, or who had been ill with covid-19 for less than 90 days, ”said the note.
In the explanation, INEM also added: “Considering the reduced time for administration of the vaccine, which after thawing should be administered within a maximum period of 120 hours, as well as the recommendations of the European Medicines Agency that any unused vaccine should be discarded. after dilution, plus the fact that it is possible to extract six doses per bottle, and not just the five doses initially stipulated (according to INFARMED indications), it was possible to administer the remaining doses to INEM professionals who support the activity of Medical Emergency, to avoid wasting these ”.
“In this way, in addition to the 1,174 vaccines requested, it was possible to administer another 92”, he added.
In the same response, INEM also said that “the stipulated deadlines for vaccine administration after thawing and dilution, as well as the logistics of this entire vaccination process, namely the requirement of aseptic conditions in its preparation, would not allow the administration of these doses left to external people, and in environments outside INEM ”.
INEM-Porto delegate says he only prevented vaccines from being thrown away
The INEM delegate in Porto assumed today that he authorized the vaccination of 11 employees from a nearby pastry shop, but refused any favoritism, ensuring that it was only a matter of preventing the vaccines from going to waste.
Speaking to journalists at INEM-Porto today, António Barbosa said that the vaccination of these people followed only one criterion of “availability and proximity” and not another.
According to its version, there were 11 more vaccines prepared for INEM staff than what was found to be necessary and the alternative to what determined it would be waste.
“Taking into account what is described in the standard, the alternative to vaccinating nearby citizens would be to discard, literally throw it in the trash,” he said.
A response to requests for clarification from Lusa stated, however, that “the stipulated deadlines for administration of the vaccines after thawing and dilution, as well as the logistics of this entire vaccination process, namely the requirement of aseptic conditions in its preparation, would not allow the administration of these excess doses to external people, and in environments external to INEM ”.
António Barbosa said he had made his place available to the administration – and not submitted his resignation – after it was reported that the institute had vaccinated against the covid-19 employees of a pastry shop in Porto, the institute’s source confirmed to Lusa.
The General Inspection of Health Activities (IGAS) announced on Friday that it will verify compliance with the rules and guidelines applicable to the covid-19 vaccine administration process.
“This inspection will cover, at this stage, the five regional health administrations, IP, hospitals, hospital centers and local health units of the National Health Service, as well as some entities that integrate the central services of the Ministry of Health” , IGAS says in a press release published on its website.
According to IGAS, the inspection is based on three aspects: criteria for the selection of people to be vaccinated within the priority groups, procedures for managing excess doses and preventive measures for waste.
The covid-19 pandemic caused at least 2,206,873 deaths resulting from more than 102 million cases of infection worldwide, according to a report made by the French agency AFP.
In Portugal, 12,179 people died from 711,081 confirmed cases of infection, according to the most recent bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health.
The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late December 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China.
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