President leading by example

in News · 19-10-2020 14:40:00 · 7 Comments

The President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, has been vaccinated against the flu on 19 October at the Family Health Unit (USF) Descobertas, in Lisbon, in a bid to "be an example" and encourage the Portuguese people to do the same.

"Here is my example. I hope that those few who did not already intend to do so will come as soon as they can, according to their availability and the system availability, to be vaccinated by the end of the first week in December", declared the head of state to journalists, in the waiting room of this USF, after having been vaccinated.

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa asked Marta Temido, Minister of Health if there will be enough vaccines for everyone who wants to be vaccinated – available in due time, a concern of many Portuguese at the moment.

"The minister has just confirmed that until the first week of December, through the month of October and during the month of November, all who want to be vaccinated, will be vaccinated, either in facilities like this, or in parish councils, or pharmacies", said the President of the Republic.


Adam - why resort to insults and name calling for those you do not agree with?

Why not engage with thoughtful, evidence based argument instead?

Freedom of thought, speech and open debate are the very basis of democracy.

By Miquel from Lisbon on 21-10-2020 10:46

I'll lead by can stick your concoction of goodness knows what where the sun doesn't shine.

Covid19 is a seasonal cold, so, much like the flu, it mutates year on year. They don't know what strain will be prevalent in the coming season to enable them to tailor a vaccine accordingly so it's complete guesswork.

Plus, like Miguel says, vaccines put you at an increased risk from other respiratory viruses so straight away you're on the back burner - you've been vaccinated against a past strain putting you at a higher risk of contracting the current strain.

I'm with Fred Doe.

By Sarah L from Other on 20-10-2020 06:11

He's obviously a hypochondriac.
Worked in a hospital for 8 years and wouldn't have the staff flu Jan.i never got flu and those that had the jab got I'll.
No doubt when the covid 19 vaccine becomes available he will trot off for that as well.
He better hope it doesn't react with the flu jab he's just had because that will be him stuffed.

By Peter Shepherd from Lisbon on 20-10-2020 03:52

Not all tpno readers are tinfoil madhatters.
I would like the article however to include more information. What are the costs and availability?

By Adam from Porto on 20-10-2020 10:08

No thanks, I have a fully functional immune system. And I have common sense.

By Fred Doe from Algarve on 19-10-2020 07:16

More propaganda and fanatical dogma.

Why not report the efficacy of the flu vaccine?
50% at best and often as low as 10%.

Meanwhile, it leaves the recipient 3 times more vulnerable to other respiratory infections.

Not to mention other side effects such as Guillain-Barre syndrome.

Over 1 BILLION usd paid in compensation to flu vaccine victims so far.

Do yourself a favour eat well, exercise, take vit c, d, zinc and stop peddling a magical elixir.

By Miquel from Lisbon on 19-10-2020 04:23

Never knew how much the authorities look down on its own people.
True leadership is about empowering one to act with free will and to encourage each and every individual to follow Universal Law.
All our Governments know how to do is to fear monger its entire population into total submission.
This news article is a prime example of this.
Good luck to those who wish to be vaccinated.
You can’t even imagine what is coming for you.

By Carlos.S from Lisbon on 19-10-2020 04:01
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