The arrival of dengue vaccines in Minas Gerais, previously expected for February, was postponed until November, as announced by the state health secretary, Fábio Bacchereti. During a press conference held this Friday (2), Bacchereti revealed that the new forecast was established after a meeting with the Federal Government’s Health Council in Brasília. The change in the vaccine distribution schedule means that vaccination, initially planned to begin in March, especially for the 10 to 14 age group, will suffer significant delays.
This postponement does not immediately impact the state’s action plan against arboviruses, as Minas Gerais has declared an emergency in the fight against dengue since January 27th of this year. The secretary emphasized that, despite the vaccine being an important advance, the population should not relax in prevention measures, considering that the peak of dengue fever in the region is expected in the coming weeks, between February and March. Bacchereti recalled that the vaccine requires two doses, with complete protection being achieved just three months after application, highlighting the importance of maintaining current prevention actions.
The specificity of the shipments and the number of doses that each state will receive have not yet been disclosed by the Federal Government. The JP Agora report sought this information, but at the time of publishing this article, it had not received any response. Belo Horizonte’s municipal health secretary, Danilo Borges, also commented on the postponement, ensuring that the capital of Minas Gerais is prepared to face the immediate challenges related to dengue, regardless of the arrival of vaccines.