Rio seeks population without booster dose to curb new advance of Covid-19

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With the third dose of the vaccine against Covid-19 released since the end of last year, four out of ten residents of the city of Rio de Janeiro have not yet received the booster, according to the municipality’s Epidemiological Observatory.

With the new advance of the disease over the capital of Rio de Janeiro, the Municipal Health Department intends to start this week an active search for cariocas who have taken the second dose of the immunizer, but have not yet returned to the posts for reinforcement.

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According to Rio’s Health Secretary, Daniel Soranz, there are approximately 1.2 million eligible people who have not adhered to the immunization complement. In the last week, the positivity of the tests for Covid-19 reached the highest level since January, with 30% of the exams confirming the infection by the coronavirus. The previous week, the index was 24%.

“We achieved high vaccination coverage with the first and second doses, with 99% of Cariocas. Our concern, with the new variant, is precisely to proceed with the booster dose to protect people from serious cases and hospitalization due to Covid-19”, said the secretary.

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The active search involves calling the families and, in certain cases, even visiting their homes. The strategy was recently used to protect children against polio in the city and doubled the number of people vaccinated.

Until the afternoon of this Monday (14), 124 people were hospitalized in Rio’s public network, an occupancy rate of 64% of the beds available for regulation.

Despite the city presenting a low risk assessment, the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) identifies a strong possibility of growth in cases of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in the long term. According to Fiocruz, the reason is a new advance of Covid-19.

Vaccination of children from six months begins this Thursday

Already the protection of children from six months begins this Thursday (17) in the capital of Rio de Janeiro, but only for the public with comorbidities. The city will receive 9,390 doses of Pfizer’s pediatric vaccine.

Vaccination will be on a single day and those responsible will have to return to the same health unit twice more, as immunization is carried out in three stages.

The Rio Health Secretariat said it had already asked the Ministry of Health for more doses for children without comorbidities, but that it had not yet received a response.

Since November 10, Rio has suspended the application of the first dose of the vaccine against Covid-19 in children aged three to four years old due to lack of vaccine. On Thursday (10), the application of the second dose was also paralyzed.

The secretariat informs that “despite repeated requests to the Ministry of Health, there is no forecast of when new vaccine contributions will be sent to resume vaccination in this age group”.

The Ministry of Health, in turn, informed that it acquired another 1 million doses for the vaccination of children aged 3 to 4 years and, as soon as the doses are released by the National Institute of Quality Control in Health (INCQS/Fiocruz), will be distributed to all states on a proportional basis.

* Under the supervision of Pauline Almeida.

Source: CNN Brasil

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