Portuguese doctors speak out against plan to vaccinate nation’s children against Covid-19

As countries around the world start rolling out Covid vaccines for children from the ages of 12-15, a group of doctors in Portugal has retaliated.

The Aliança Pela Saúde de Portugal (APSP, or alliance for Portugal’s health) has financed what has been described as a “huge poster in the heart of Lisbon in Campo Pequeno”.

Its message is simple: “Is your child a guinea pig?”

The group is not coming straight out and saying “your child is being used as a guinea pig”. It is simply opening debate – a debate that its president surgeon Diogo Cabrita suggests is being stifled.

Mainstream media reports in Portugal have labelled APSP “a group of pandemic negationists”. The truth is APSP fully recognises the illness Covid-19, it simply does not buy into the means of combat.

Far from the initial 3.4% mortality rate originally (and erroneously) predicted by the World Health Organisation, Covid-19 is, in the mindset of this group, “a respiratory virus that presents mild to moderate clinical conditions in most cases, affecting more severely the obese and hypersensitive with pre-existing conditions and/ or very old age”.


Very much like experts elsewhere (click here), APSP argues that the focus on mass-vaccinations is not the answer, particularly as the shots themselves have “not completed all the stages of experimentation before starting to be administered to human beings”.

The group’s belief is that the decision to vaccinate should be made by a doctor (via medical prescription) and after the patient has signed a document of ‘informed consent’, similar to the one habitually signed before people undergo operations.

“We think the vaccine should be viewed this way until it has been fully trailed”, stresses APSP’s website. 

These trials are due to complete from the end of 2022/ early 2023.

In the meantime, there are “accessible, safe therapies that have shown promising results in dozens of clinical studies with established protocols” (click here), says the group’s site – namely Ivermectin in combination with zinc, vitamin D and vitamin C – highly effective therapies when initiated at early stages of Covid-19 or in prophylactic use”.

As APSP is getting its message out (it has posted three articles over social media on why parents really need to question the need to vaccinate their children), Lisbon city council has been ruffled by the ‘gigantic anti-vaccine poster’ (so described by Portuguese weekly O Novo) but says there is nothing it can do to. According to O Novo, the national elections committee (CNE) sees the message as ‘political propaganda’ which does not require municipal licensing.

Diogo Cabrita meantime has explained that he paid for the poster himself. “We are not exactly poor people”, he told the paper. “If I want to spend money on something like this, I will. Next time, someone else will…”

“Confronted” with the possibility that this latest intervention could result in ‘disciplinary proceedings’ mounted by the general medical council (Ordem dos Médicos), Dr Cabrita stressed that all disciplinary proceedings initiated this far against doctors challenging the official line over Covid-19 have led nowhere. 

natasha.donn@algarveresident.com