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The meeting with the General Coordination of the National Immunization Program (GEPNI) will outline the plan for influenza immunization that will occur together with the vaccination of covid-19. Based on these definitions, all 399 municipalities in Paraná will receive guidance from Sesa to prepare their vaccination execution plans. The determination will be a 14-day interval between the flu vaccine and the covid-19 vaccine – be it the first or second dose – and vice versa.
The city of Curitiba already recognizes that it will have enough work to set up the schedule for two immunization campaigns at the same time. “We intend to decentralize vaccines as much as possible. There is a recommendation from the National Immunization Plan not to make the flu and covid vaccine together. What is recommended is an interval of 14 days between one and the other and without a doubt this will bring enormous work ”, admitted the director of the Epidemiology Center of the Municipal Health Secretariat, the doctor Alcides Oliveira, while participating in the session in the City Council at last Thursday (1st).
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Oliveira believes that for those who took the Oxford / Astrazeneca vaccine, planning will be relatively easier. This is because the immunizer produced by the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) has a longer interval between the first and the second dose, of 90 days.
Coronavac, produced by the Butantan Institute, has a shorter interval between doses, at least 21 days and at most 28 days. “For those who took Astrazeneca, it is even a little easier, because the difference from the first to the second dose is three months. But for those who received Coronavac, we will have to work hard to offer the two vaccines, covid and flu ”, evaluates Oliveira.
Today Curitiba has 19 vaccination points for covid-19. There are 16 physical points and three drive-thru points.
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