City Hall depends on the Ministry of Health to start influenza vaccination – Capital

The Ministry of Health’s goal is to vaccinate 79.7 million people who are part of the priority groups throughout Brazil (Photo: Kísie Ainoã / Arquivo)

The national influenza vaccination campaign, popularly known as influenza, still has no date to start in Campo Grande. According to the Ministry of Health, the forecast is that immunization will start on April 12, across the country, simultaneously with the application of doses against covid-19.

In the capital, Sesau (Municipal Health Secretariat), said it is waiting to send more information to start publicizing the campaign, which is nationally scheduled. “We have not yet officially defined it, the ministry indicated that it would still be in the first half of this month, but without details on how to send doses,” said the agency. The forecast of the portfolio is to follow the national calendar, ending the campaign until the 9th of July.

Vaccination sites have not yet been defined. It is not known whether the stitches used for immunization against Covid-19 will also be used for the application of flu vaccines. The number of doses destined for Mato Grosso do Sul was also not informed, since it is the responsibility of the Ministry of Health.

In Campo Grande, the same publics that are being immunized against Covid-19 will be vaccinated. “The immunization plan is based on the flu plan, given that the two viruses mainly victimize the same people,” explained Sesau.

The Federal Government will distribute 80 million doses of the influenza vaccine, produced by the Butantan Institute, to immunize the target audience throughout Brazil. The goal is to vaccinate at least 90% of the priority groups. The vaccination campaign will take place in stages, divided into three stages and the municipalities will have autonomy to define the mobilization dates.

In this campaign, children from 6 months to under 6 years of age, pregnant women, puerperal women, indigenous peoples, health workers, elderly people aged 60 and over, teachers from public and private schools, people with chronic non-communicable diseases, may be immunized and other special clinical conditions.

Also part of the priority groups are people with permanent disabilities, security and rescue forces, armed forces, truck drivers, urban and long-distance public passenger transport workers, port workers, prison system employees, adolescents and young people from 12 to 21 years old under socio-educational measures and population deprived of liberty.

According to the note from the Ministry of Health, the preference for vaccination should be first against Covid-19 and, only after that, against influenza.

“People who are part of the priority group for influenza vaccination and who have not yet been vaccinated against Covid-19, the dose against coronavirus should be prioritized and the vaccine against influenza should be scheduled, respecting a minimum interval of 14 days between them ”, He informed.

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