At least nine capitals have suspended the application of the first dose of the vaccine against Covid-19. The main reason is the lack of immunization agents in Rio de Janeiro, Vitória, Salvador, João Pessoa, Maceió, Natal, Belém, Florianópolis and Campo Grande.
The city of Rio de Janeiro must have vaccination suspended for five days. The application of the first dose has been paralyzed since Saturday (24), and, according to the municipal secretary of Health, Daniel Soranz, will probably only resume on Thursday (29), after the Ministry of Health sends new shipments.
The public to be vaccinated on that day will be women aged 34 years, as people aged 35 years or more have been immunized so far. People who had made an appointment to take the second dose, however, can look for vaccination posts normally.’
“After all day demanding the distribution schedule for part of the stored vaccines, we received an expected delivery of a small quantity on Tuesday, the 27th, and the largest quantity on Wednesday, the 28th. We are talking about lives!”, wrote the mayor Eduardo Paes nor social networks.
In João Pessoa, Paraíba, the city hall maintains this Monday (26) application only of the second dose of AstraZeneca and Coronavac vaccines against Covid-19. On Saturday (24) the first dose immunization was interrupted.
In Salvador, there are no immunizing agents for the first dose since Saturday (24). The city of the capital of Bahia states that it is awaiting a new shipment of immunizations by the federal government to resume vaccination. The second dose continues to be applied.
The City of Maceió stopped on Saturday (24) the application of the first dose of vaccines against Covid-19.
The suspension took place one day after the municipality began immunizing city residents over 32 years old without comorbidity. The Municipal Health Department said it awaits the arrival of more immunizing agents to resume the application of the first doses.
The same situation occurs in Vitória, Espírito Santo, which is also out of stock of immunizing agents for new cases and is only applying the second dose of the vaccine.
In Belém, Pará, vaccination was suspended last Saturday (24) and Sunday (25). “The municipality awaits the arrival of new doses to resume the vaccination schedule in the capital next week,” wrote the city’s press office on social networks.
The only prediction so far is vaccination with the second dose next Wednesday (28). Immunization with the first dose had already been suspended in Belém last week, also for lack of supplies.
Campo Grande, in Mato Grosso do Sul, failed to apply the first dose of the vaccine against Covid-19 on Thursday (22). According to the city, despite the announcement of new distribution of immunizations by the Ministry of Health, there is still no forecast for resumption of care. On Sunday (25), the application of the second dose was also suspended in the capital, but it returned on Monday (26).
Despite not having completely stopped the application of the first dose, as it is still serving pregnant women, postpartum women and breastfeeding women, Florianópolis, in Santa Catarina, suspended the advance of the vaccination campaign by ages on Friday (23). There is also no forecast for resumption of service, according to the city.
Natal will again suspend the first dose this Tuesday (27), again due to lack of vaccines, and will only resume the application with the arrival of new batches. The state capital maintains the vaccination campaign only for the application of the second dose for those who were immunized with Oxford/AstraZeneca and Coronavac — the batch for the second dose of Pfizer has not yet arrived.
On Monday, vaccination was being carried out for people aged 32 years and over. According to the Municipal Health Department, between Friday and Sunday 14,478 doses were applied.
Asked this Monday (26) about the suspension of campaigns in different cities, the executive secretary of the Ministry of Health, Rodrigo Cruz, attributed the situation to the rapid pace of application of doses in these places. He cited as an example the capital of Rio de Janeiro.
“We made delivery last week to the city of Rio de Janeiro, and there is a delivery that will be made tonight. It would be tomorrow, but it was accelerated due to the fast pace of vaccination. We will deliver more than 10 million doses this week [para todo o país]”, said.
According to him, the folder is already evaluating possible changes in deliveries to try to avoid lack of doses. “We are starting to study with the DLOG [departamento de logística] the possibility that, given that the pace is accelerated, instead of making a weekly delivery, we make two weekly deliveries, to ensure that the vaccine is not lacking at the end,” he said.
According to the ministry, the forecast is that the delivery of the 10.2 million doses that begin to be shipped this Monday will be completed by Wednesday (28). Of the total, 4.8 million should be doses from AstraZeneca, 3.3 million from Coronavac and 2.1 million from Pfizer.
Capitals where vaccination was suspended
- Large field
- João Pessoa
- Rio de Janeiro