SESAI Secretary accompanies Minister on trip that concludes Covid-19 vaccine shipment
From now on, the new phase of the Vaccination Campaign will have a reinforcement dose shipment and a reduction in the interval between doses
Millions of Brazilians immunized, thousands of health professionals working without measuring efforts, 38 thousand vaccination rooms throughout the country, in an unprecedented vaccination campaign in Brazil that reaches a historic milestone. The Ministry of Health concluded, on Wednesday (15), the shipment of immunizers to vaccinate, with the first dose, the more than 158 million Brazilians over 18 years old.
The last batch, with 1.1 million doses from Pfizer/BioNTech, which will help the country reach this important goal, was distributed this Wednesday to the whole country. The Special Secretary of Indigenous Health, Robson Santos da Silva, accompanied the Minister of Health, Marcelo Queiroga, in the trip that concluded the shipment of the doses directly from Guarulhos International Airport, in São Paulo. The committee also included the Minister of Communications, Fábio Faria, the Minister of the Government Secretariat, Flávia Arruda, and the Chief Minister of the Civil House, Ciro Nogueira, as well as other secretaries from the Ministry of Health.
In his speech, Queiroga highlighted the tireless work to conclude this stage of the vaccination campaign. "This group has been working hard to make this reality possible. This is the Unified Health System, the Ministry of Health, states, and municipalities. Whoever doubted the vaccination campaign in Brazil don´t believe in SUS and if they don´t believe in SUS, they don´t believe in the Federal Constitution," he said. "Health is a fundamental right, health is everyone´s right, it is a duty of the state, we all know that. The vaccination campaign is something that Brazil does like no other country in the world," he emphasized.
With this distribution, Brazil reaches more than 265 million doses sent to the federative units. Each of the 26 planes that left with the doses of hope represent the conclusion of this phase of the campaign. All superintendents of the Ministry of Health accompanied the delivery of the doses to their respective states.
Minister Ciro Nogueira reinforced the importance of this historic day for the vaccination campaign. "I have always had the courage to say that we will immunize the Brazilian population. In this, several factors should be pointed out. First, the willingness of the Brazilian population to be vaccinated and the tradition of our country regarding the vaccine. Second, the determination of president Jair Bolsonaro to not let any dose be missed for every Brazilian who wishes to be vaccinated", he said. During the event, Queiroga gave the second dose of the vaccine to the Chief of Staff Minister.
The effort of everyone involved in the vaccination campaign was highlighted in the statement of the Minister of Communications, Fabio Faria, who was also vaccinated on Wednesday (15) by the Minister of Health. "It is a historic day for the country, a day to thank all the effort of the Ministry of Health, the Federal Government and the President of the Republic. [...] Congratulations to all the doctors, secretaries, teams that have been working 24 hours a day. You are setting an example for Brazil and this gesture will be marked in the hearts of the entire Brazilian population," he concluded.
In the last distribution schedules, the Ministry of Health adjusted the amount of vaccines distributed to the Federation units considering the population over 18 years old that had not yet taken the first dose.
Because of this, at certain times, some units of the Federation received a larger amount than others. The distribution methodology was adopted so that the ministry can reach its goal of all states finishing the vaccination of the adult population in an equal way. The idea is that Brazilians from all states will benefit equally from the immunization.
All decisions and strategies concerning the campaign, including the doses to be used as dose 1 and dose 2, were agreed between representatives of the Union, states, and municipalities. Therefore, it is essential that local managers follow the guidelines set by the National Plan for the Operationalization of Vaccination against Covid-19 (PNO), so that the vaccination progresses as planned and that there is no shortage of doses to complete the vaccination scheme of the entire Brazilian population.
Once this step has been completed, from now on, it will be possible to proceed with the next steps of the vaccination campaign. The Ministry of Health starts sending vaccines to immunize teenagers, between 12 and 17 years old, with comorbidities.
In addition, the folder also starts sending doses for booster among the priority groups, preferably with Pfizer´s vaccine. The reinforcement for the elderly above 70 years old must occur six months after the second dose or the single dose, and immunosuppressed people must respect the interval of 28 days after the second or single dose. Pfizer´s reduction of the interval from 12 to 8 weeks is also planned from now on.
If there is non-compliance with the PNO guidelines, the Ministry of Health cannot guarantee the distribution of sufficient doses to complete the vaccination schedule of the entire population. Therefore, it is essential that the federative units comply with what was agreed upon in a meeting with representatives of the states, municipalities, and the Federal Government.
Translation: Renata Arruda - Nucom/SESAI