People who want to travel abroad can receive their second doses at any vaccination centre, says the DGS

DGS changes vaccination rules for ‘Covid recovered’

In another change in vaccination protocols, Portugal’s DGS health authority has announced that people who have recovered from Covid-19 and are considered to be fully-vaccinated in this country with only one dose of vaccine, can now request a second dose … if they want to travel to countries like the UK or Canada which don’t accept people with only one dose without enforcing quarantine.

In other words, the decision has nothing to do with people’s health, or indeed their immunity – but with other countries’ rules.

Bearing in mind that people who have contracted Covid-19 naturally and recovered are already thought to have a much stronger immunity than people who haven’t, but have received two doses of vaccine (click here), a second dose would seem to be completely unnecessary. 

This is not the first decision that seems to have been made purely with logistics in mind.

As SIC television news reports, the latest round of vaccinations against the flu is being combined with 3rd dose booster shots of the Covid vaccines to “make life easier” for the over-65s.

This is in spite of the fact that Portugal’s own vaccination technical commission considered a gap between administration of the two vaccines might be more sensible.

Accepting this argument, the DGS has said if people think this way, they can request to have the shots separately, and will then be given a date for the second vaccine two weeks later.

The sense behind this constant juggling of rules and regulations seems to have gone unquestioned.

Says SIC, the number of ‘recovered’ who now find themselves in the position where they can elect to have a second dose of vaccine to satisfy the entry requirements of other countries, is believed to be “around a million”.

Those however that don’t feel the need to travel to places that don’t accept their vaccine status, will still be considered ‘fully-vaccinated’ here in Portugal, the station assures.

natasha.donn@algarveresident.com