The director of the Ministry of Health’s National Immunization Program, Eder Gatti, stated that dengue vaccines will be delivered starting next week. At this point, regions with the highest incidence of the disease will have priority in receiving doses. In total, 521 municipalities will receive the vaccine, which must be applied to children and adolescents aged 10 to 14. The information was released at a press conference held this Thursday (1st).
Gatti also stated that the government expects to receive another 500,000 doses of the vaccine. The first batch, with 750 thousand units of the vaccine, was delivered on January 21st. “Regarding the target audience, we will follow the guidance of the CTAI (Technical Advisory Chamber on Immunization), and we will follow the WHO (World Health Organization) guideline, which asks that children and adolescents between 6 and 16 years of age be vaccinated first”, he adds.
This week, Health Minister Nísia Trindade warned the population that the dengue vaccine is not the solution to the number of cases of the disease faced in the country and that it is necessary to combat mosquito outbreaks. The statement was made on a visit to one of the service points in the Federal District, which records the highest incidence of cases per 100 thousand inhabitants in the country.
“It is very important to affirm and reaffirm: the vaccine is our instrument of hope in relation to a public health problem that is almost 40 years old. We finally have a vaccine and we have to celebrate. But the vaccine in the quantity that the laboratory can deliver to us today, being a two-dose vaccine, in a situation like we are experiencing today in the Federal District and other municipalities, it cannot be identified as a solution. If the Ministry of Health did this, it would be wrong. At this point, we now have to deal mainly with controlling the outbreaks. [do mosquito] and taking care of those who fall ill from dengue,” he stated.
This year 6.5 million doses will be distributed to 521 cities, and for 2025 the Ministry purchased 9 million doses. The target audience will be children and adolescents between 10 and 14 years old, the age group that has the highest number of hospitalizations for dengue, after the elderly, according to the Ministry of Health.
The cities were selected according to municipalities with more than 100 thousand inhabitants; that have high dengue transmission and with a higher number of cases in 2023 and 2024; and predominance of type 2 dengue fever in December last year. The department did not inform the number of doses allocated to each municipality.