Pharmacies hope to vaccinate nearly 400 people against influenza by the end of the week

Ana Paula Martins, who was received in audience today by the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, in Belém, said at the end of the meeting that the contingent of vaccines from pharmacies, which corresponds to 240 thousand doses, together with the 100 thousand doses of the National Health Service (SNS) contingent delivered to pharmacies, should be exhausted by the end of this week.

Pharmacies should be able to vaccinate “almost 400 thousand people” by the end of the week, the pharmacist's chairman said today about a process that he considered “complex and that should have been better coordinated”.

Ana Paula Martins, who was received in audience today by the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, in Belém, said at the end of the meeting that the contingent of vaccines from pharmacies, which corresponds to 240 thousand doses, together with the 100 thousand doses of the National Health Service (SNS) contingent delivered to pharmacies, should be exhausted by the end of this week.

"Next week more vaccines will arrive, we still don't know what their distribution will be," added the president of the Order of Pharmacists, stressing that the commitment that pharmacies have made is to vaccinate 700 thousand people by the end of the vaccination campaign against the flu, which runs until December.

For Ana Paula Martins, the distribution of the next doses has to correspond to "a balance" that the Ministry of Health will have to find between the needs and schedules already made by the health centers and the vaccination that has to be done by pharmacies.

"It is a complex process, it is true that it could have been better coordinated, but at the moment we are on the ground and managing to respond with the vaccines we have", said the president.

The large influx of pharmacies from people who want to be vaccinated this year is explained by the context of the pandemic and the importance that influenza vaccination has taken as a protective measure against covid-19.

“We have a lot of people who never got vaccinated and who now want to get vaccinated. It is necessary to say clearly that the groups at risk are those who most benefit from vaccination ”, he said.

“I have a strong conviction that in the next two weeks, with the process already going on, with less anxiety and less expectation on the part of the Portuguese, I believe that we will be able to transmit some serenity and that in the next two weeks, as people if they get vaccinated, this will alleviate the feeling of distrust in relation to not having a vaccine ”, added the president.

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