About 700 homeless people will be vaccinated against influenza this week in Lisbon

By TPN/Lusa, in World · 13-11-2020 01:00:00 · 2 Comments
About 700 homeless people will be vaccinated against influenza this week in Lisbon

Homeless people in Lisbon started, on 10 November, to be vaccinated against seasonal flu as part of a campaign running until the end of the week and covering some 700 citizens.

The campaign began in the temporary shelter centre installed in the Pavilhão do Casal Vistoso, in the parish of Areeiro, created to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic, and will extend throughout the week “to all other centres” and be available “in the street, in mobile units”, the Councillor for Social Rights of the City of Lisbon advanced to Lusa.

Vaccination against influenza for homeless people happens every year, Manuel Grilo recalled, but this year it has “a particular importance, ensuring that people with influenza will not clog up emergency rooms in hospitals and health centres”.

“Normally homeless people have a number of health vulnerabilities, so it is very important to be vaccinated against the flu now,” said the Mayor of BE.

According to Manuel Grilo, around 700 homeless people were vaccinated last year and this year “the number will not be far from this”.

This vaccination campaign aimed at the homeless is organised by the Lisbon City Council, Santa Casa da Misericórdia and the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Regional Health Administration.



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Comments:

Should be mandated that large real estate developers donate a percentage of homes to the homeless as their civic duty.
Giving them a roof can't be a case of deserving or not deserving. The fact is that homelessness is horrendous for the society as a whole. You never know if you're going to end like that at some point.

Giving them flu shots one year is not going to keep them from getting other illnesses resulting from their situation. Flu strains mutate and it won't keep them from getting the flu. It's only a money making situation for the pharma company that sells them to the government.
Save that money and invest in social care workers.

By Anonymous but a good one from Other on 17-11-2020 11:32

Should be mandated that large real estate developers donate a percentage of homes to the homeless as their civic duty.
Giving them a roof can't be a case of deserving or not deserving. The fact is that homelessness is horrendous for the society as a whole. You never know if you're going to end like that at some point.

Giving them flu shots one year is not going to keep them from getting other illnesses resulting from their situation. Flu strains mutate and it won't keep them from getting the flu. It's only a money making situation for the pharma company that sells them to the government.
Save that money and invest in social care workers.

By Anonymous but a good one from Other on 17-11-2020 11:31
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