Emotion sets the beginning of vaccination at DSEI Pernambuco
The arrival of the vaccine against COVID-19 was a reason for lots of celebration in the villages Santana and Santa Helena, in the Pernambuco Special Indigenous Sanitary District. There was tears, prayers in gratitude to the entities and dance of healing and liberation. In the next few days, more than 25,500 indigenous villagers and health workers will be vaccinated in the District.
Cacique Francisco de Assis Cabral, from Santa Helena village, belonging to Xukuru de Cimbres ethnic group, reinforced the importance of the vaccine for relatives. "This vaccine is the salvation of farming. We are since March without doing our rituals, meetings and parties. Everybody charges the rituals, but we see the situation in which the country is in relation to COVID-19 and see that it is not possible to do".
The cacique also reinforced that the distancing measures taken at the beginning of the pandemic made the cases of contaminated indigenous people minimal. "The village has been practically closed since March. Only the health personnel and some relatives who are sure that they are not with the disease enter".
As the elderly are very respected in the villages, the pajé of the village of Santa Helena, José Ferreira Leite, 92 years old, did not miss the opportunity and insisted on getting vaccinated as well. "I came here to give an example to the community.
Indigenous people say that the vaccine was long awaited since the beginning of the pandemic so that relatives can meet in the near future. "With this vaccine, we will surely have more security and better days of life ahead," believes Dedé Xukuru of Ororubá, Santana village leadership.
If on the one hand there is the celebration and euphoria of taking the vaccine so that life returns to normal, on the other hand, the indigenous people are well aware that they should not yet stop taking the measures to prevent the disease because they have already been vaccinated. "You have to continue wearing the mask, passing alcohol gel and maintaining social isolation," reinforced the coordinator of the DSEI Pernambuco, Antônio Fernando da Silva.
And that is exactly what Poliana Oliveira, the confrontation of COVID-19 nurse, spoke to each indigenous people who was vaccinated. " Until everyone is immunized, we must maintain basic preventive care so that we have control of this disease.