The Federal District is among the units of the Federation that will receive the first shipment of dengue vaccines. The Ministry of Health responded to the Federal District Government’s (GDF) request for priority due to the emergency situation due to the number of cases of the disease. The amount allocated to the federal capital has not yet been released by the federal government.
“We asked for anticipation, a priority in the availability of vaccines here in the Federal District, and we were informed by the Health Department that we were assisted. We will receive the first shipment, which will greatly contribute to the fight against dengue”, defended the Chief Secretary of the Civil House, Gustavo Rocha.
The target audience for immunization is children aged 10 to 14, who experience the highest number of hospitalizations due to dengue fever. In the federal capital, the age group is equivalent to 194 thousand inhabitants, as reported by the Secretary of Health, Lucilene Florêncio, during a press conference this Thursday (1) at Palácio do Buriti.
The vaccine has two doses. The expectation is that the first dose will be administered in February, with a date yet to be defined. The second has a three-month interval for application. “We need to see that this vaccine response is in the medium and long term. We cannot imagine that we will have an immediate response. We can understand that only in the second half of the year will we have this age group of the population, in fact, immunized”, stated the head of the department.
Brazil is the first country in the world to offer the vaccine in the public system. Qdenga, produced by the Takeda laboratory, was incorporated into the SUS in December last year, after analysis by the National Commission for the Incorporation of Technologies into the SUS (Conitec). In total, there will be 6 million doses to be distributed throughout the country.
*Thaís Miranda collaborated