To date, in Brazil, 518,580,683 doses of the monovalent vaccine against Covid-19 have been administered. In relation to the bivalent, the total is 30,433,965. According to the Ministry of Health, the country recorded 38,022,277 confirmed cases of the disease and 707,286 deaths.
Based on other data made available by Fiocruz, infectious disease specialist Julival Ribeiro assesses that in certain regions of Brazil there is an increase in the number of cases of the disease. This increase is notable in children and, above all, in relation to serious cases among the most vulnerable people, such as the elderly and those with comorbidities.
“Therefore, it is very important that people take their booster dose, the bivalent vaccine, because with this dose we stimulate our body to produce more defense”, he emphasizes.
According to the latest update of the Fiocruz InfoGripe Bulletin, there is heterogeneity in cases of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) due to Covid-19 in Brazil. While some states registered an increase in new weekly occurrences, especially among the older population, others show stability.
The states of Bahia, Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina and Minas Gerais show signs of an increase in cases of the disease. In Minas Gerais, an increase in hospitalizations was noted after a period of stability. In São Paulo, the situation has stabilized, mainly in the capital, although some areas in the interior still report an increase.
According to the bulletin, in Rio de Janeiro, the downward trend in cases was interrupted. Espírito Santo records a small recent increase, while Goiás, Mato Grosso do Sul, Paraná and the state of São Paulo itself indicate a pause in the growth of cases.
The 24-year-old administrative assistant and resident of Rio Verde – GO, José Hiago Gomes, says that he took three doses of the vaccine against covid-19 and intends to take more doses. He reports that before vaccination he contracted the virus twice.
“I think that the vaccine itself saves lives, even though we have gone through an episode in which the vaccine was questioned, put in a dubious light. Vaccination, regardless of any type of disease or virus, saves lives”, she comments.
According to the Ministry of Health, the vaccine against the virus is essential to prevent serious forms of the disease and is accessible in the SUS for everyone over 6 months. Adults over 18 years of age, after two doses, must receive a booster of the bivalent vaccine.
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Editing: Marquezan Araújo