São Paulo City Hall increases the interval between doses of Coronavac for children

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Following a recommendation from the Butantan Institute, the city of São Paulo will extend from 14 to 28 days the return for the second dose of Coronavac’s Covid-19 vaccine for children aged 6 to 11 years.

“The Health Surveillance Coordination (Covisa) is reorienting all Basic Health Units (UBSs) so that returns are always scheduled after 28 days of the first dose. The interval between the first and second dose of pediatric Pfizer is 56 days or 8 weeks”, he informed.

wanted by CNN, the city government explained that the change was for a logistical issue. Children who had already been vaccinated when the orientation was 14 days will be able to follow this deadline; however, whoever is vaccinated from now on must follow the 28-day interval.

Adults were instructed to take the second dose of Coronavac from 14 days onwards, while children were instructed to take the second dose from 28 days onwards. Details on dose intervals, for each immunizer and each age group, can be found here.

Until 17:00 this Monday (24), the Municipal Health Department (SMS) applied 188,329 doses of anti-Covid vaccines to children between 5 and 11 years old, which corresponds to 17.4% of the vaccine coverage in this age group. Just this Monday (24), 73,463 doses were applied to children.

Government discusses reducing Pfizer’s children’s break

THE federal government discusses the possibility of reducing the interval between doses of the vaccine Pfizer applied to children aged 5 to 11 years.

According to reports made to CNN Brasil by technicians from the Ministry of Health, a decrease from eight to three weeks between the two doses is assessed by the paste.

The shortest interval is provided for in the package insert of the immunizer and, in the assessment of health experts, it would be appropriate in view of the scenario of increased pediatric hospitalizations and return to face-to-face classes.

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Reference: CNN Brasil

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