The municipality of Dourados, in Mato Grosso do Sul, the first in the country to offer mass vaccination against dengue, is promoting this Saturday (3) the D-Day of mobilization. The entire population aged between 4 and 59 can be immunized. The vaccination schedule consists of two doses with an interval of three months between them.
According to the Immunization Center of the Dourados Health Department, all basic health units in the urban area will offer the vaccine between 8am and 5pm. The hours will be the same in the Emergency Medical Care (PAM) Vaccination Room. In the basic health units in the districts, service runs from 8 am to 4 pm.
According to the city hall, a team from the Vaccination Center will also assist people who want to be immunized during the first edition of Agita Dourados, in Parque dos Ipês, starting at 3 pm. In addition to the dose against dengue, vaccines against influenza and bivalent vaccines against Covid-19 will also be offered.
Dourados is the only Brazilian municipality to make the vaccine available to the entire population aged 4 to 59 years thanks to a partnership between the Municipal Health Department and the Japanese laboratory Takeda Pharma, producer of Qdenga. The expectation is to immunize around 150,000 people with the two doses provided for in the vaccination schedule.
The partnership between the city of Dourados and the Takeda laboratory was signed at the beginning of December – three weeks before the Ministry of Health announced that Qdenga would be incorporated into the Unified Health System (SUS).
In the 521 municipalities selected by the federal government to receive the dengue vaccine, vaccination should begin next week, when doses begin to be distributed. The department was awaiting the translation of the vaccine leaflet into Portuguese, a requirement from the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa).
Last Wednesday (31), the Minister of Health, Nísia Trindade, said that the issue would be resolved through the manufacturer sending the leaflet file in digital format.
Due to a limited quantity of doses to be supplied by the laboratory, vaccination against dengue in the 521 selected municipalities will prioritize children and adolescents aged 10 to 14, the age group that has the highest number of hospitalizations after the elderly.
The ministry’s forecast is that the doses acquired will be able to immunize around 3.2 million people throughout 2024. “We have been facing dengue epidemics for almost 40 years”, recalled Nísia, highlighting that, this year, the explosion of cases was worsened by climate change and high temperatures. “It’s time to be together, Brazil united by dengue,” said the minister.