The Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) issued an alert about the stagnation of vaccine coverage against Covid-19 in Brazil. The entity also warned of the slowdown in the increase in the coverage curve for the third dose among adults across the country.
The alert was issued in the latest edition of the foundation’s Covid-19 Observatory bulletin, which pointed out that 80% of the population over 25 years old already has the complete vaccination schedule. However, in the younger groups, the third dose remains below the average considered satisfactory.
According to Fiocruz, 63.9% of Brazilians aged 55 to 59, 57.9% aged 50 to 54 and 52.8% aged 45 to 49 are already fully vaccinated. The percentage gradually decreases as the average age drops, with the lowest rate between 18 and 19 years old, which is 25.2%.
Fiocruz also released data on the second booster dose available for most immunizers used in Brazil, between April 24 and May 14. Coverage in the age group of 80 years and over is 17.7%, 75 to 79 years is 12.4%, 70 to 74 years is 12%, 65 to 69 years is 6.4% and from 60 to 64 years old is 3.4%.
In 14 states, 80% of the population has already taken at least the first dose of the vaccine, while in 18 federative units more than 70% of the population has already taken the second dose. Among the states with the greatest coverage, São Paulo and Piauí stand out.
Vaccination coverage is uneven among different Brazilian states. “It is important to recognize that the expansion of vaccination, especially prioritizing regions with low coverage and booster doses in more vulnerable population groups, can further reduce the impacts of the pandemic”, said Fiocruz.
In age groups over 65 years, vaccination coverage is above 80%, however, the fourth dose was applied to only 17% of the population over 80 years old. Among children aged 5 to 11 years, 60% have already taken the first dose and 32% have had the complete vaccination schedule.
Via: CNN Brasil
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