News reporter: Suely Melo
Photographic Reporter: Carla Cleto
The State Department of Health (Sesau), through the National Immunization Program in Alagoas (PNI/AL), advises the population of the 102 municipalities in Alagoas on the importance of completing the vaccination schedule. The measure, according to infectologists, is effective in preventing diseases such as meningitis, measles and hepatitis, for example.
The vaccination booklet is the document that proves which vaccines contained in the National Vaccination Calendar the population should take, as well as how many doses are recommended to complete the vaccination schedule. The document, which is personal and non-transferable, informs the doses applied, in addition to the respective dates.
Therefore, considering the principles and guidelines of the Unified Health System (SUS), access to immunization is an integral part of the right to health. This access, in fact, is a priority within the scope of the Government of Alagoas’ actions in relation to confronting the scenario of low vaccination coverage to reverse this situation.
According to the SUS National Vaccination Calendar, the PNI provides BCG, meningococcal, pentavalent, pneumococcal, polio, rotavirus, triple viral and hepatitis A vaccines. Vaccination targets vary between 90 and 95% and, of these, only BCG reached the goal of more than 90% of people from Alagoas vaccinated in 2022.
To increase the indicators, the PNI in Alagoas has already held Microplanning Workshops for High Quality Vaccination Activities (AVAQ) this year, covering the Health Microregions. It has also held technical alignment meetings regarding updates to Covid vaccination records -19 in the State, aimed at municipal vaccination coordinators.
Other activities promoted by PNI/AL were meetings in a hybrid model to address the technical guidelines of the National Influenza Vaccination and Multivaccination Campaigns. The technicians also carried out the situational diagnosis of the Vaccine Rooms, through supervision and technical advice in the municipalities of Alagoas, focusing on weak points detected through monitoring instruments.
“In addition, vaccination censuses were also carried out, which consists of assessing the vaccination status of children under 2 years of age, using Vaccination Booklets in municipalities with low vaccination coverage. These actions are integrated with the State Primary Care Management, seeking to reverse the results of immunization indicators below the established target. At the same time, we also promote training in the appropriate management of information systems relevant to vaccination activities and the Cold Chain Strategic Inputs information system, aiming at the robustness of administrative data”, informed Laudiceia Vieira, nurse at PNI/AL.
She emphasized that, in relation to strategies to expand vaccination coverage in Alagoas, the National Registry of Health Establishments (CNES) of health establishments was updated, as well as guidance on the Primary Care work process in the registry. and updating the resident population. The PNI/AL also publishes communications with information on the situation of immunobiologicals in the State and the conduct for the temporary scenario. Periodically, coordination is carried out with the Council of Municipal Health Departments of Alagoas (Cosems/AL), with the aim of highlighting the prioritization of vaccination actions by municipal managers.