The indication that 90% of patients admitted to intensive care are not vaccinated, given yesterday by the Assistant Secretary of State and Health António Lacerda Sales, is not the result of a survey of the current situation in the institutions. The correction was made by the Secretary of State on Monday night in statements to SIC. The number “divers” from institution to institution, rectified Lacerda Sales.
“In fact, there is a large, relatively significant majority of unvaccinated patients or those with an incomplete vaccination schedule, either for intensive care units or for conventional inpatient units”, said the secretary of state, clarifying that the balance was made for hours. before, in a statement to journalists, it resulted from “conversations” with colleagues from intensive care units: “In one institution it may be 90%, in another 70%, in another 58% or 60%. It is a heterogeneous reality”, he said. António Lacerda Sales also indicated that about 60% of those admitted to the wards of national hospitals were also not vaccinated, a number which was also an estimate.
This Monday, newspaper i had already requested clarification from the Ministry of Health on this situation, given that so far the information on the vaccinal status of hospitalized patients has been published by the DGS with a delay of two months, and is currently published in the reports red-line calculations on the risk of hospitalization of patients who became infected and were hospitalized in the month of October. THE DGS report it even states that this information is only consolidated after two months, which explains the greater delay in the disclosure of this indicator. i has already sought clarification from the tutelage on what information is available on the vaccinal status of patients admitted to hospitals, with no response so far.
In October, being vaccinated represented a two to six times lower risk of hospitalization and a lower risk of death in all age groups, with protection increasing among those who already had the booster, which at the time was essentially available to people over 80 years old. What the DGS does is cross the number of infected people in each age group depending on the vaccination status with the number of those who ended up being hospitalized, which allows us to see, for example, that, in October, in every 100 people infected in the household 70 years without vaccine, 11.9 ended up being hospitalized, while among those vaccinated the hospitalization rate was 5.1%.
As reported in today’s issue, it is currently only possible to know the age of patients admitted with covid-19 to hospitals. In the balance made to i by the DGS last week, it could be seen that 70% of patients hospitalized on December 29 were over 60 years old, with 127 people hospitalized in the age group of 50 years, 71 in the age group of 40 and also about 70 people in their 20s and 30s. Up to the age of 19, there were 27 hospitalized children and young people, more young children than teenagers, who received the vaccine in September.
Source: Jornal i by ionline.sapo.pt.
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