The Minister of Health, Marcelo Queiroga, said today that the application of the vaccine against covid-19 in adolescents was made “untimely” and criticized states for not following federal guidelines.
“States and municipalities started this vaccine before, even in August, a vaccine that was supposed to start yesterday,” he said during a press conference. “How do we manage to coordinate the campaign in this way?”
According to Queiroga, states would be applying vaccines from other manufacturers besides Pfizer, which is the only one authorized by Anvisa for minors.
“Follow the recommendation of the PNI [Plano Nacional de Imunização], do not apply vaccines that are not authorized by Anvisa,” he said. “We are not going to accept that. We are committed to all Brazilians, but especially to teenagers, who are the future of this nation.”
According to him, nearly 3.5 million teenagers have already received the immunizing agent. “Three and a half million who received the vaccine in an untimely manner”, he classified.
According to a graph displayed during the presentation, more than 26,000 doses of vaccines that were not authorized for teenagers were administered. There were also nine cases of young people who took three doses of the vaccine, which are being investigated by the folder.
According to data presented at the press conference, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro were the states that most applied vaccines to young people between 12 and 17 years of age.
Last night, the ministry suspended vaccination for adolescents without comorbidities. Some states were already applying the immunizing agent in this population, while others planned to start today.
The new guideline provides that the vaccine is only given to people between 12 and 17 years old who have “permanent disability, comorbidities or who are deprived of liberty.”
The decision would be based on the guidelines of the WHO (World Health Organization) not to recommend the immunization of this group, due to the low number of severe cases and the few studies on vaccination in this age group.
The note also mentions that there was a reduction in the moving average of cases and deaths per covid, which makes the epidemiological scenario less dangerous for adolescents without comorbidities.
The announcement of the suspension comes amid the lack of stock of certain vaccines in some parts of Brazil, such as São Paulo, Rio Grande do Norte and Rio de Janeiro. The Minister of Health, Marcelo Queiroga, until then, was in favor of vaccinating teenagers and had planned to start immunization for all young people as soon as adults had the first dose.
Other countries apply the covid-19 vaccine to adolescents, such as the United States, Chile, Israel, France and others.