Vaccination of firefighters to begin

By TPN/Lusa, in COVID-19, News · 12-02-2021 08:00:00 · 2 Comments

The government has announced that it will start vaccinating 15,000 firefighters against Covid-19 over the next two weeks.

The Ministry of Internal Administration (MAI) maintains that firefighters play "an essential function of the State and therefore will be vaccinated over the next two weeks.

According to MAI, the order of vaccination of these 15,000 firefighters was defined based on operational criteria of the National Authority for Emergency and Civil Protection.

The Ministry, under Eduardo Cabrita, indicates that the vaccination sites, in several municipalities of each of the 18 districts of the continent, were established according to the geographical distribution of 15,000 firefighters.

According to MAI, Lisbon and Porto are the districts with most firemen who will be vaccinated against Covid-19, 2,181 and 1,916 respectively, followed by Viseu (1,025), Aveiro (958), Coimbra (945), Leiria (945), Braga (910), Santarém (842), Setúbal (829) and Vila Real (687).

In the district of Guarda 644 firemen will be vaccinated, in Faro 617, in Castelo Branco 500, in Bragança 477, in Portalegre 388, in Viana do Castelo 347, in Beja 358 and in Évora 326.

The MAI also refers that the vaccination of firefighters marks the beginning of the new phase of the national vaccination programme.

The beginning of the vaccination programme of firefighters is scheduled for the Health Centre of Damaia, in the municipality of Amadora, with the presence of the ministers of Internal Administration, Eduardo Cabrita, and Health, Marta Temido, the secretary of State for Internal Administration, Patricia Gaspar, and the Secretary of State Coordinator for the fight against the pandemic in the Region of Lisbon and Tagus Valley, Duarte Cordeiro

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Bill Hansen above, the reason is that as a retired person, you can stay at home and stay out of danger. Firefighters have a much higher chance of catching covid, because they are in contact with people, and are also involved in transporting those with covid. And it is not just about protecting them, it is about cutting transmission, as they can easily pass it to family members, including the elderly who are far more at risk.

Healthcare and public workers who cannot lockdown and are required to perform jobs where they will come into contact with people who have covid absolutely should be protected first.

By Paul from Lisbon on 12-02-2021 11:27

I would like someone to explain to me a retired 68 year old MD with a MPH how any fire fighter 40 years and under is at greater risk of Serious complications or death from Covid than I?.
This type of utilitarianism behind this edict is usually the product of fascistic thinking not from liberal western values.

By Bill Hansen from Lisbon on 12-02-2021 11:00
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