Simultaneous vaccination against flu and covid-19 starts in mainland Portugal: DGS plans to inoculate two million people
The simultaneous administration of flu vaccines and covid-19 starts this Monday in mainland Portugal, with the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) to pre-vaccinate about two million people in this modality.
Health director-general Graça Freitas guaranteed, on Friday, that “everything is prepared” for the co-administration of the two vaccines to people aged 65 and over as of this Monday, a practice carried out in Portugal and worldwide, within the scope of national vaccination programs, which aims to optimize the recommended vaccination schedules.
The DGS said the data available by the Technical Commission on Vaccination against covid-19, which includes the results of the World Health Organization expert group meeting on vaccination, affirming that there is an acceptable safety profile after taking the two vaccines.
In addition, the available information is accurate to maintain the efficacy of both vaccines, as, until the data, there is no evidence of alteration in the immune response.
The administration of the third dose of the vaccine against covid-19 is underway in Portugal, with priority being given to the elderly aged 80 and over and users of homes and long-term care, and at this stage, people aged 65 and over.