“This never existed”, says USP epidemiologist about vaccine prescription

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In an interview with CNN, epidemiologist Paulo Lotufo, head professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of São Paulo, criticized the government’s announcement that a prescription for the vaccine for children against Covid-19 will be required, affirmed that the vaccines are safe and recommended to parents that they immunize their children.

“It’s total nonsense (…). This doesn’t exist and has never existed, it doesn’t make any sense”, said Lotufo about the requirement of a medical order for the application of a vaccine.

“The vaccines that exist today [contra a Covid-19] are all very secure. Even that small margin in which we have problems is smaller than with ordinary vaccines, and the benefit they bring to everyone is fantastic”, he added.

On Thursday night (23), the Minister of Health, Marcelo Queiroga, said that the folder will authorize vaccination against Covid-19 for children aged 5 to 11 years, but with a medical prescription and a “free consent term enlightened”.

Lotufo mentioned vaccines for other diseases, many of them typically for children, that were eradicated or controlled after the discovery of their immunizing agents, such as polio (infantile paralysis), measles, chickenpox (chickenpox), smallpox and rubella. The doctor also recommended vaccination against Covid-19 for children.

“To fathers and mothers, don’t believe this [notícias falsas sobre riscos da vacina] and vaccinate your children,” he said. “Children are practically healthy, they don’t have any illnesses. They have rhinitis, flat feet, unimportant things, and the vaccine would protect them even more.”

Reference: CNN Brasil

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