Ministry of Health sends 180K Covid-19 reinforcement doses for vaccination of indigenous people
Complementary doses benefit indigenous adolescents from 12 to 17 years old, people over 60, immunosuppressed and health workers
Since the beginning of the pandemic, indigenous health has been a priority for the Ministry of Health. The first doses for vaccination against the coronavirus arrived in the 34 Special Indigenous Sanitary Districts (DSEI) on January 18, 2021. In a new stage of immunization, the Ministry of Health sent about 180 thousand doses of reinforcement to complement the vaccination of these traditional peoples.
The measure is being carried out by the Extraordinary Secretary of Confronting Covid-19 (SeCovid) with the planning developed by the Special Secretary of Indigenous Health (Sesai). Of the total, 118,023 doses of Pfizer´s immunization were destined for the first and second dose of indigenous adolescents from 12 to 17 years old. On the other hand, 61,750 doses of the AstraZeneca immunizer were sent for booster doses to the indigenous population above 60 years old, immunosuppressed people and health workers.
"For long distances, in areas of difficult access, where there is an indigenous village, there will be health professionals from Sesai, from the Ministry of Health, working directly for the vaccination. This is a constitutional right guaranteed by the Brazilian government, honored by us", says the secretary of Indigenous Health, Robson Santos da Silva.
The booster doses come at a time when the epidemiological scenario in indigenous villages is at its lowest rate of transmissibility since the beginning of the pandemic. Vaccination has resulted in an increasingly lower number of deaths and severe cases of covid-19 among indigenous communities. So far, of the 11,706 confirmed cases of covid-19 among indigenous people assisted by the Indigenous Health Care Subsystem (SasiSus), 264 have died. The number corresponds to 2% of the total number of confirmed cases.
The initial phase of the National Plan for the Operationalization of Vaccination against the Covid-19 (PNO) served more than 400,000 indigenous people, over 18 years of age, served by the SasiSus, and these Brazilians have been considered priorities since the beginning of the campaign. Currently, more than 88% of the indigenous population have received at least one dose of the vaccine. In addition, 81% of this target audience already have two doses.
The dissemination of epidemiological data on Covid-19 in indigenous people served by the SasiSus can be accessed at saudeindigena.saude.gov.br
Text:Nathan Victor - Ministério da Saúde
Translation: Renata Arruda - Nucom/SESAI