“It is essential that there is an initiative on the part of the parents and then the reception by the health authorities, naturally through the intervention of the doctor”, said Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.The head of state was speaking to journalists in Brasília, after being asked about the clarification made today by the health authorities that the vaccination of children between 12 and 15 years old can only be done with a medical prescription. The Directorate-General of Health (DGS) clarified today that the vaccination of children aged between 12 and 15 years without illnesses must have a medical prescription, and the parents’ will is not enough.
In a clarification sent today to the Lusa agency, the DGS indicated that, according to the opinion issued on Friday, after hearing the technical commission on vaccination against covid-19, “the possibility of access to vaccination should be given to any adolescent aged 12-15 years by medical indication”.
On Saturday, the President of the Republic stressed that health authorities did not prohibit vaccination against covid-19 for healthy children, considering that “this space remains open to the free choice of parents”.“The health authorities did not prohibit vaccination in case the children do not have diseases or pathologies. This space remains open to the parents’ free choice”, said Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, reacting to the recommendation, on Friday, by the DGS, of the administration priority for covid-19 vaccines in children aged 12 to 15 years with serious associated diseases.
Questioned today by journalists, the head of state rejected that the two positions are contrary, considering that the clarification made today “ends up meeting” what he himself said: “Doctors only decide if parents ask. Children cannot. go to the doctors, someone has to replace the children”.
The DGS recommended, on Friday, the priority administration of vaccines against covid-19 only for children between 12 and 15 years old with comorbidities.
The DGS also considered that the possibility of vaccination should be given to all children in this age group by medical indication and according to the availability of vaccines, sending a decision on universal access for these ages to a later date.
“The DGS will issue recommendations on universal vaccination of adolescents aged 12 to 15 years as soon as additional data on vaccination in these age groups are available”, said the director-general of Health, Graça Freitas, on Friday.
Still on the vaccination of adolescents between 12 and 15 years old, Graça Freitas said that the list of chronic diseases that justify vaccination at these ages is already prepared and ready to be published, so that doctors can make a recommendation for vaccination.
Universal vaccination continues, for the time being, to be recommended only after the age of 16, following the ongoing vaccination plan.
DGS has not, however, ruled out future changes if there are “new variants of concern”.
Source: Jornal de Negócios by www.jornaldenegocios.pt.
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