83% of the indigenous people have already been vaccinated with the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine
Action of the Ministry of Health takes the vaccine to the 34 Special Indigenous Sanitary Districts in Brazil; 83% of the indigenous people have already received the first dose of the immunization.
The complete immunization has already reached 72% of the indigenous population that lives in indigenous lands in Brazil. This data represents 293,426 thousand indigenous people with the complete vaccination schedule against Covid-19, that is, with two doses of the vaccine received. The first dose of the vaccine has already reached 83% (336,809) of the indigenous people since the beginning of the vaccination campaign. In total, 630,235 thousand doses have been applied.
These rates are the result of the work of the teams from the Ministry of Health, through the Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health (SESAI), which are in the villages intensifying the vaccination actions. The mission is not easy: many places are difficult to access, where it is only possible to arrive by boat, and the weather conditions in some regions also complicates the journey.
"Brazil stands out in the world context for the care with the indigenous population before and during the pandemic. We are the only country in the world that managed to provide health care and immunization to this specific group of people," said the secretary of Indigenous Health of the Ministry of Health, Robson Santos da Silva.
All doses necessary for the complete immunization of the target audience (vaccineable population) composed of 408,232 indigenous people over 18 years old, registered and monitored by the 34 Special Indigenous Sanitary Districts (DSEI), have already been sent by the Federal Government to the villages to face Covid-19.
The indigenous population is part of the priority groups of the National Plan for the Operationalization of Vaccination against Covid-19 (PNO) and has been contemplated since the first vaccine distribution agenda, in January this year. The Ministry of Health has already distributed enough doses to immunize 100% of this public.
In addition to the indigenous people, around 20 thousand health professionals who work in these areas were also immunized, ensuring the functioning of the healthcare units and the protection of these frontline workers. The progress of the vaccination campaign for the indigenous population can be followed on the LocalizaSUS platform.
Since January, the Ministry of Health has distributed more than 110 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines. More than 56.4 million Brazilians have already received the first dose of the immunization.
The prevision is that, in June, the Ministry of Health will receive from the laboratories approximately 40 million doses of vaccines.
The Federal Government has already invested about R$30 billion for the purchase of Covid-19 vaccines. More than 600 million doses are on order to be delivered by the end of the year, after agreements with different laboratories.
Translation: Renata Arruda/ Nucom SESAI