The Public Ministry of Rio Grande do Sul (MPRS) joined the National Pact for Vaccination Awareness. The act of adhesion took place during an event held at Palácio Piratini, in Porto Alegre, and also included the participation of the government of Rio Grande do Sul. An initiative of the National Council of the Public Ministry (CNMP), the pact aims to raise awareness among the population about the importance of vaccination, provided for in the National Immunization Plan (PNI). The main focus is the resumption of safe and homogeneous vaccination coverage rates throughout the national territory.
According to the Attorney General of Justice, Alexandre Saltz, the MPRS is an important actor in this issue and will act strongly to meet the goal established by the program. “This issue has everything to do with the Public Ministry. Especially with the Public Ministry that we dream of and that we intend to practice here in Rio Grande do Sul, which is the Public Ministry close to society, with doors open to listen and serve everyone. That is why the Public Ministry cannot fail to extend its hand and join efforts with state governments and municipal governments to create this need. This culture of needing vaccination coverage for everyone”, said Saltz.
Prosecutor Cristiane Corrales, coordinator of the Education, Childhood and Youth Operational Support Center, responsible at MPRS for the Vaccine-Friendly Municipality project, congratulated the initiative and highlighted the institution’s leading role.
Governor Eduardo Leite highlighted the partnership with MPRS for the success of the action and highlighted that Rio Grande do Sul has improved vaccination coverage.
Also participating in the meeting were prosecutor Leonardo Menin, coordinator of the Operational Support Center for Human Rights and the Protection of Vulnerables, prosecutor Gisele Monteiro, judge Jayme de Oliveira, advisor to the CNMP, and the state secretary of Health, Arita Bergman.
Pact line of action
Within the pact’s line of action, activities will be coordinated in an intersectoral manner, involving the State Department of Health (SES), the State Department of Education (Seduc), Council of Municipal Health Departments (Cosems), Federation of Municipal Associations of Rio Grande do Sul (Famurs), State Public Ministry (MPRS), among other institutions.
Vaccines prioritized by the pact in RS at this time
Pentavalent – recommended for children in three doses, at 2, 4 and 6 months. Protects against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, hepatitis B and meningitis caused by Haemophilus influenzae B.
Triple Viral – prevents measles, mumps and rubella. Intended for people aged 12 months to 59 years old, with two doses recommended for up to 29 years old and one dose for 30 to 50 years old, in unvaccinated people.
Prevention of HPV (Human Papillomavirus) – the priority population for the HPV vaccine are girls aged 9 to 14 and boys aged 11 to 14, who must receive two doses, six months apart. Women living with HIV aged 9 to 26 will receive three alternating doses, from zero, to 2 and 6 months.