The General Directorate of Health (DGS) recommended this weekend, to avoid wasting doses of the vaccine against covid-19, vaccinate “anyone eligible”, but respecting the order of priorities – adding that this must be done “as far as possible”.
” The administration of vaccines is organized in order to avoid wasting doses, so vaccination should continue, even if not all persons identified as having the highest priority within Phase 1 are vaccinated “, DGS advances in the rule on “Phase 1 of the Vaccination Campaign against covid-19”, released on Saturday and published on the website, after the controversy over the administration of the two doses of vaccine to employees of a pastry shop next to the INEM facilities in Porto.
The Directorate-General for Health states that in these cases, for example, “vaccination should continue for people with comorbidities under 65 years of age even if not everyone with 65 or more years of age is vaccinated”.
According to DGS, “vials (not perforated) left over from a vaccination session” must be used on the same day and “already perforated cannot be transported”.
” The Vaccination Campaign against covid-19 is planned according to the allocation of vaccines contracted for Portugal, administered in stages to priority groups, until the entire eligible population is vaccinated”, reads the document, which lists the priority groups to receive the vaccine.
Among the priority groups for receiving the vaccine in phase 1, there are also people aged 80 and over.
The standard addresses issues related to the storage and distribution of vaccines and vaccination points, which can be adapted, if necessary, to this vaccination campaign, in conjunction with municipalities and other partners.
As long as vaccine availability is limited, namely in Phase 1, vaccination is prioritized for those who benefit most, people who have recovered from SARS-CoV-2 infection should not be prioritized for vaccination. However, in some contexts, such as in homes for the elderly or similar institutions and units of the National Integrated Continuing Care Network, vaccination of all eligible persons is recommended, regardless of the previous history of SARS-CoV-2 infection, “for a better management of the logistical and administration plan”, says the standard.
All vaccination acts must be registered, at the time of vaccination, at the National Vaccination Registration and Management Platform – VACCINES, where the number of vaccines administered will be monitored.
People who are diagnosed with SARS-CoV-2 infection after the first dose should not be vaccinated with the second dose.
According to data released on Thursday by the Government, 249,337 first doses and 53,652 second doses of vaccines had already been assigned.
Covid-19 has already killed 12,179 people in Portugal out of 711,081 confirmed cases of infection, according to the most recent bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health.