Rio suspends childhood vaccination against covid-19 due to lack of doses

Rio starts tomorrow vaccinating 4-year-olds against covid-19

The City of Rio de Janeiro will start vaccinating 4-year-old children against covid-19 tomorrow (15) and will reach 3-year-olds next week. The information was given today (14) on social media by Mayor Eduardo Paes, one day after the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) had approved the application of CoronaVac in children aged 3 to 5 years.Rio starts tomorrow vaccinating 4-year-olds against covid-19

The vaccination of 4-year-olds will take place on the 15th, 16th, 18th and 19th of July. On the 20th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd it will be the turn of children aged 3 and over.

As authorized by Anvisa, children of these two ages can only receive the CoronaVac vaccine, which is produced in Brazil by the Butantan Institute.

The agency’s board of directors was unanimous in the decision and authorized immunization with two doses of the vaccine, within 28 days. Approval is only valid for children who are not immunocompromised.

Vaccination of children from 5 to 11 years of age has been possible since January. In this case, Pfizer immunizers (pediatric version) and CoronaVac itself are applied.

CoronaVac was the first vaccine against covid-19 applied in Brazil, on January 17, 2021, and is produced from an agreement between the Butantan Institute and Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac, which developed the immunizer.

The vaccine has already been approved in 56 countries and by the World Health Organization (WHO) and has had about 1 billion doses applied worldwide.

In Brazil, studies confirmed that serious adverse reactions after immunization with CoronaVac were considered rare and very rare. The conclusion was obtained after analyzing 103 million doses applied in the country.

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