… for elderly and nursing home residents
Açoriano Oriental reports that the Azores will bring forward to this month the second booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccine for elderly people over 80 and those living in nursing homes, revealed the Regional Secretary for Health.
“We are working on anticipating the second booster dose, also commonly known as the fourth dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, for people over 80 years old and living in nursing homes. We hope to be able to move forward in the coming days”, said Clélio Meneses, in statements to journalists in Horta, on the sidelines of the plenary of the Regional Legislative Assembly.
The official was unable to specify the date on which the vaccine would be administered, due to the “archipelagic condition” of the Azores and the fact that it is not yet known when the vaccines will reach the nine islands, but he was confident that the process will take place “ this month”.
As for immunosuppressed patients, the regional secretary said that “they could already take” this second booster dose “by prescription”.
On the mainland, the elderly over 80 and those living in nursing homes will be vaccinated with the second booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, in a process that begins next Monday, the Directorate-General announced on Thursday. General Health (DGS).
The DGS also revealed that children and young people between the ages of 12 and 15 with immunosuppression conditions, within the scope of the published rule on this matter, are also eligible to receive an additional dose of vaccine, following a favorable opinion from the CTVC. .
“Young people with these conditions will be vaccinated according to medical advice and prescription”, informed the directorate-general.