Covid-19: Order creates petition demanding immediate vaccination of all doctors – Portugal

The Order of Doctors created a petition addressed to the Prime Minister to demand the “immediate vaccination” of all clinicians against covid-19, which had collected, by the end of the afternoon, more than 9,100 signatures.

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With the president Miguel Guimarães as the first subscriber, the petition created at the beginning of the week and available on the website “peticaopublica.com” states that “most of the doctors who work in the National Health Service are missing and the” immense majority “of that provide services in the private and social sectors.

“As vaccines against covid-19 are a scarce asset exclusive to the State, we cannot fail to convey our indignation that many thousands of doctors have not yet been vaccinated, and are being excluded from the Vaccination Plan”, the text underlines. .

According to the petition, not vaccinating clinicians represents “limiting patients’ access to diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, such as consultations, examinations or surgeries”, since, “for every doctor who becomes ill or in prophylactic isolation, many patients (covid and not covid) have their health more and more compromised “.

“Vaccinating all doctors, according to the priorities defined at national and international level, is a matter of ethics and justice. To preserve the health of those who have the duty and the competence to be at the forefront of saving lives is to defend the public interest and the health of the country “, adds the text.

Vaccination against the new coronavirus started on December 27, first covering health professionals directly involved in responding to the pandemic, followed by professionals and residents in nursing homes and long-term care units.

The first phase of the vaccination plan also includes professionals from the Armed Forces, security forces and services considered critical, holders of sovereign bodies, elderly people aged 80 and over and people aged 50 and over and with associated diseases.

On Thursday, the prime minister warned that Portugal will receive less than half of the vaccines against covid-19 that were scheduled for the first quarter of this year, a problem is not in the distribution nor in the lack of human resources to administer the vaccine , but “outside Portugal”.

“In our case, instead of 4.4 million doses, we will receive 1.98 million doses in this first quarter, which means that our vaccination capacity in this first quarter will be about half of what was expected in the first quarter. contracts signed between the pharmaceutical companies and the European Commission “, said António Costa.

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