The Health Department of the Federal District (SES-DF) announced on Monday (20) the expansion of the vaccination campaign against covid-19, with the beginning of the immunization of adolescents from 13 years of age and the application of the dose of booster vaccine in the elderly. The vaccination of adolescents aged 13 and over begins this Tuesday (21). Specific vaccination points for this group can be found on the Secretariat’s website. According to the folder, adolescents in this age group do not need to be accompanied by their parents or guardians to obtain immunization.
The expansion is being possible after the arrival of new shipments of vaccines to the DF. According to Divino Valero, undersecretary for health surveillance, more than 310,000 doses arrived over the weekend.
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“This Saturday, the Federal District received 92,000 Coronavac vaccines. On Sunday, 205,920 Pfizer vaccines arrived, 175,500 of which for use as D2 and the rest as a booster dose. There is a forecast of more than 32,500 AstraZeneca vaccines for D2 that night . A shipment of over 12,750 D2 AstraZeneca doses arrived on Friday,” he said at a press conference.
It was also announced the anticipation of the second dose of Pfizer’s vaccine for all those who are scheduled to be vaccinated by October 27th. In this case, the anticipation, valid only for those who took the first dose of Pfizer, starts from Thursday (23). The estimated audience of this anticipation is around 240 thousand people.
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The anticipation of doses for those who took the AstraZeneca vaccine is still valid only for those who have an appointment until September 24th. The expansion of this anticipation, in the case of AstraZeneca, depends on the arrival of more doses of the immunizing agent, said the Secretariat.
In another announcement, the Health Department reported that, starting this Tuesday, the booster dose vaccination (third dose) will begin for all seniors over 60 years old who live in long-term care facilities (hospices). They form an estimated audience of around 1.2 thousand people and will receive mobile teams from the Secretariat in each unit. There are 32 institutions for the elderly throughout the Federal District.
As for the other elderly, the booster dose will be applied, for the time being, to those who are 85 years old or older and who took the second dose (or single dose) for at least six months. This vaccination starts on Wednesday and the vaccination points will be informed on the SES-DF page. To receive the immunizing agent, you must present your vaccination card and an identification document.
Persons with severe immunosuppressive illnesses, aged 18 years or older, will also begin to receive the third dose or booster dose. In this case, you will need to schedule the website of the Department of Health, from Wednesday, and vaccination will start next Monday (27). Scheduling is necessary, according to the GDF, because there are not enough doses to meet the entire estimated public of immunosuppressed patients.
“We have a total of 12,870 for this audience, reinforcing, then, that this amount of doses does not cover the entire audience, however, it is necessary to open an appointment,” said Fabiano dos Anjos, director of epidemiological surveillance at SES-DF. The estimated public of severely immunosuppressed people in the Federal District is 24 thousand people.
To receive the booster dose, these people must prove, through a medical report or prescription, the following conditions:
– Severe primary immunodeficiency
– Chemotherapy for cancer
– Transplants of solid organ, stem cells, bone marrow or using immunosuppressive drugs
– People living with HIV/AIDS with CD4 counts less than 200 cells per cubic millimeter
– Use of corticosteroids in doses greater than 20mg per day
– Use of immune response-modifying drugs (the Ministry of Health provides a table specifying which they are)
– Patients on hemodialysis
– Patients with chronic inflammatory immune-mediated diseases, such as rheumatologic, inflammatory, inflammatory bowel diseases.
In addition, immunosuppressed individuals contemplated with the booster must have taken the second dose or single dose of the vaccine for at least 28 days.
During the press conference, the Health Department was asked about information released last week by the Ministry of Health, that in the DF, a total of 222 teenagers under 18 years would have been vaccinated with doses of Coronavac, Janssen and AstraZeneca. Across the country, there would have been 26 thousand cases. None of these three immunizers have authorization from the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) to be applied to minors.
In Brazil, only the Pfizer vaccine can be applied to the population between 12 and 17 years old. According to the secretary of health, the numbers in the folder do not match those of the federal government, but he acknowledged that there may have been application of immunizations from other manufacturers in minors by imposition of a court decision.
“We really did a survey in our banks, it’s not matching the data we received from the Ministry of Health. We’re going to the ministry to check it out. Something happened by judicial imposition,” said General Pafiadache, Secretary of Health.
Source: Federal District BdF
Edition: Flávia Quirino