The Ministry of Health (MS) reiterated this Tuesday that in the recruitment of nurses for vaccination against covid-19, permanent contracts should be privileged and that the mobility regime should be used and as a “last resort”.
In a response sent to the Lusa agency regarding statements by the Ordem dos Enfermeiros, which accused the Government of wanting to remove nurses from health institutions to participate in the vaccination plan, through the mobility regime, thus shielding themselves from paying overtime, MS says that this resource should be used as an “exceptional situation and as a last resort”.
The Ministry of Health clarifies that the possibility of entering into uncertain fixed-term employment contracts is a mechanism that was opportunely communicated by the Central Administration of the Health System (ACSS) to the various Regional Health Administrations (ARS) and the Local Health Units (ULS).
With regard to the needs of nurses, professionals who assume a fundamental role in the execution of the plan, it is important to remember that there is still the possibility of entering into fixed term employment contracts“Which” should constitute the privileged mechanism for strengthening human resources “in vaccination against covid-19, says the MS in the response sent to the agency Lusa.
In addition to this exceptional contracting mechanism, he stresses, the top bodies of health services and establishments have other management instruments, not only the use of the mobility regime, which, according to the guidelines, “should be used as an exceptional situation and as last resort, but also and in particular, the authorization to carry out additional work ”.
He also stresses that the various entities of the Ministry of Health, with direct or indirect responsibility in the execution of the vaccination plan, will promote “all the initiatives that prove to be necessary”.
To this end, he stresses, they have “the commitment, dedication and availability” that health professionals “have already demonstrated in countless situations, especially in the current pandemic context, while remaining in the common effort to, as soon as possible , if the desired group immunity is achieved ”.
The Ministry of Health points out that, as of this second quarter, nine million doses of vaccines against covid-19 are expected to arrive in the country.
Based on this assumption, the objective is for an average of 100,000 vaccines to be administered in mainland Portugal per day, a number that may even be higher, depending on the number of vaccines available, he stresses.