Janssen’s covid-19 vaccine, which was recommended for people over 50 years of age, will be administered to men aged 18 and over, according to a directive from the General Directorate of Health (DGS).
“In Portugal, it is recommended, until now, until new data are known, that covid-19 Janssen be used in males aged 18 years and over”, refers to the updated DGS standard published today .
According to the entity led by Graça Freitas, this single-dose vaccine can also be administered to women aged 50 or under “who so wish, if properly informed, on a basis of weighing the benefits and risks”, provided that express their “free and informed consent”.
In April, the DGS published a standard that indicated that administration of the Janssen vaccine (from the Johnson & Johnson group) was recommended for people at least 50 years of age.
This rule came after the European Medicines Agency (EMA) concluded that there was a possible relationship between the formation of blood clots and the vaccine, after having reported eight cases of people who developed blood clots in almost seven million people vaccinated in the United States.
According to data from the DGS, nearly four million Portuguese received the first dose of the various vaccines against covid-19, equivalent to 39% of the population, and more than 2.3 million have completed vaccination.
In Portugal, 17,037 people died out of the 853,632 confirmed cases of infection, according to the latest bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health.
The disease is transmitted by the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, detected in late 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China.