Anti-Covid vaccination. “There is no reason why pharmacies cannot collaborate in this process”


The Ordem dos Farmacêuticos says that there is no reason for pharmacies not to absorb part of the process of strengthening vaccination against Covid-19.

“It is something that happens in Spain, France and Canada”, reveals the president of the Northern Regional Section of the Ordem dos Farmacêuticos.

Speaking to Renascença, Franklim Marques considers it useless to keep large vaccination centers in operation when, according to him, pharmacists give guarantees of effectiveness and are ready to accelerate the process, as they had already signaled at the beginning of the immunization campaign against SARS-CoV-2.

political will

“Vaccines are now much better known, large vaccination centers are no longer needed, because we have an equal distribution of pharmacies throughout the country, we have about 3,000 pharmacies, so, at the moment, there is no reason for pharmacies not to can collaborate in this process. We are prepared for this. It’s just that the Government wants it and decides to go down that path”, he points out.

Another argument in favor of vaccination in pharmacies, according to this official, is the fact that there are no longer any failures or delays in the distribution of vaccines, something that was common at the beginning of the vaccination process.

“In the beginning, there was a lot of care in saving as much as possible. Therefore, in the beginning there were problems that justified being more careful. Today, I do not believe that these reasons persist”, he says.

In addition, Franklin Marques says that the use of pharmacies and their professionals to support the vaccination effort would speed up the process.

With about 3,000 pharmacies across the country, and with three people per establishment dedicated to anti-Covid vaccination, “we would have 9,000 more people able to vaccinate. I don’t know how many people work in the big vaccination centers, but if each person vaccinates 30 to 40 people a day”.

140,000 annual deaths from drug interactions

This pharmacist also identifies an added advantage: “it became easier for the elderly who, instead of traveling kilometers to the vaccination centers, had their pharmacy nearby. And that would contribute decisively to speeding up the process.”

On another level, the president of the Northern regional section of the Ordem dos Farmacêuticos proposes therapeutic monitoring by pharmacies for the chronically ill.

Franklim Marques says, in this way, it would be possible to clarify users and reduce the risks of drug interactions that take many patients to hospital emergencies, unnecessarily.

“An estimated 140,000 people die each year from drug interactions. In an elderly population like ours, people take a lot of medication.

The more medications they have, the greater the possibility of drug interactions and the greater the possibility of falling into an emergency.
If we accompany these people, we can ensure that 80% do not go to the emergency room, reducing the possibility of overload”, explains this official of the Ordem dos Farmacêuticos.

Reduction of social costs

Another study concludes that, for every euro per person invested in pharmacotherapeutic follow-up, 14 euros were saved to the SNS.

Like? “Not going to the emergency room, reducing hospital admissions – and each admission costs 200 euros a night. On the other hand, also avoiding absences from work and all the social costs related to this problem”.

For Franklim Marques, this solution is particularly relevant for chronic patients who take a lot of medication and, therefore, need additional support for the management of intakes and to prevent possible risks and evaluate the effectiveness of the medication, without the patient needing to permanent recourse to a medical assistant.

To avoid resorting to emergencies and primary health care, the president of the Northern Regional Section of the Ordem dos Farmacêuticos suggests that “pharmacies should carry out the renewal of therapy, in contact with the doctor, and that patient excuses himself from going to the hospital”. health center to fill this vacancy.

“The prescribing physician will dedicate his time to the new diagnosis, new patients, the monitoring of more critical situations and, also, the institution of therapy, because we cannot substitute ourselves for those who make the clinical prescription”, he concludes.


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