Vaccination against Covid-19 in children between 6 months and 3 years of age in the city of SÃ£o Paulo will begin this Thursday (17th). In the first phase, doses will be applied only to indigenous children or children with comorbidities.
In recent weeks, Brazil has faced a new wave of the coronavirus and doctors have warned about the need to expand vaccination coverage.
The capital of SÃ£o Paulo will administer about 34 thousand doses of the pediatric Pfizer vaccine, or Pfizer Baby, which will be distributed to all Basic Health Units (UBSs) on Wednesday, 16.
The vaccination schedule will be three doses, with the second given after a four-week interval (28 days) from the first and, subsequently, the third after eight weeks (56 days).
Those responsible for the children must present proof, within the validity period, of the risk condition, with the child’s identification and the doctor’s stamp with the Regional Council of Medicine (CRM) number.
Vaccination hours will be from Monday to Friday, from 7 am to 7 pm, at UBSs and on Saturdays at integrated UBSs. If there are remaining doses, children of this age without comorbidities can receive the immunizer, but they must be residents of the region, with proof of address required in prior registration.
According to a report in the newspaper âO Estado de S. Pauloâ, the amount of doses transferred to the SÃ£o Paulo Health Department is enough to immunize only one third of children with comorbidity in SÃ£o Paulo.
The number of pediatric doses of Pfizer sent by the Ministry of Health to the State was 206 thousand units. In SÃ£o Paulo, 195,000 children are part of the target audience. As immunization is completed with the application of three doses, only 68,000 children will be able to receive the immunizing agent.
In September, the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) approved the application of Pfizer’s pediatric immunizer for all children aged 6 months to 2 years, 11 months and 29 days. The Ministry of Health, however, only delivered the vaccine batches this week and chose to restrict the administration of the product to the public with comorbidities.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the government of President Jair Bolsonaro (PL) has been the subject of complaints about the delay in the purchase and release of vaccines, whose safety and effectiveness have been called into question several times by the President of the Republic himself.
Scientific entities and the World Health Organization (WHO), however, have already confirmed the safety and efficacy of immunizers, based on monitoring and research.
The capital of SÃ£o Paulo also continues to apply anti-covid immunizers to other pediatric groups and also to adolescents and adults.
Source: CNN Brasil