In a statement sent to the newsrooms, the president of the Ordem dos Médicos, Miguel Guimarães, appealed to the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) to proceed quickly with the revision of the standard, considering that there is already “sufficient scientific evidence” to realize that “the The risk of reinfection is real and that even in those who had severe forms of the disease, it is possible to have a new infection within “undeterminable time periods.
“It is urgent to review the standard so that we can include all people who have already had covid-19 in the vaccination phases that would be by nature intended for them. In the case of doctors and other health professionals, the situation becomes even more urgent because , due to their work, they are exposed to risk and deal with fragile patients who are also unprotected “, it can be read in the note released.
The ECDC report on vaccination strategies in Europe, published on Monday, indicated that “there is some evidence that, for individuals who have previously been infected with SARS-CoV-2, for currently available vaccines that require a two-dose schedule, a single dose can provide sufficient immunity “.
The European agency noted that most countries (Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Romania and Sweden) recommend the full vaccination program to previously infected individuals, while seven countries (Austria, Estonia, France, Italy, Spain, Slovakia and Norway) recommend only one dose of vaccine (in vaccines with two doses).
With the proviso that Latvia argues that vaccination is not recommended within 90 days of infection, the ECDC report ends up leaving Iceland as an exception in this process, which does not recommend vaccination at all for previously infected individuals, and Portugal, about which he only mentions that the topic is still under discussion.
According to the DGS standard 002/2021, “as long as vaccine availability is limited, namely in Phase 1, vaccination is prioritized for those who benefit most, so people who have recovered from the infection should not be prioritized for vaccination. SARS-CoV-2”.
The Ordem dos Médicos also underlined the relevance of the risk of reinfection posed by the new variants of SARS-CoV-2, with special emphasis on the variants identified in the United Kingdom, Brazil and South Africa. At this level, ECDC reveals that only six (Austria, Germany, Spain, Malta, Norway and Poland) of the 24 countries participating in the study made changes to their vaccination strategies in view of the circulation of new variants.
In Portugal, 16,843 people died from 820,716 confirmed cases of infection, according to the most recent bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health.