The Ministry of Health said that about 1.5 million people who received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Brazil did not turn up at the scheduled time for the second injection.
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The Minister of Health, Marcelo Quiroga, said, “We must communicate effectively with the population so that they go to the vaccination centers to receive the first and second doses and respect the following rules: wearing a mask and physical distancing.” At a press conference in Brasilia.
To date, nearly 24 million people (11.6% of the population) have received one dose of the vaccine and 7.3 million (3.74%) two doses in Brazil.
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However, health authorities in various states of the country objected to the ministry’s figures, ruling that they were “out of phase”, because they would not take into account a large number of people who would have already received the second dose at a time.
“I don’t think there are many people who would not be vaccinated (of two peoplee dose). “I think it’s just a delay in sending the data to the ministry,” Mauro Junqueira, president of the National Council of Municipal Health Secretariats (CONASSIMES), which is in charge of health issues in every city in the country, told Globo TV.
The ministry urged people to receive the second dose, even if they were late.
This country of 212 million people began its vaccination campaign in mid-January: the most commonly used Chinese vaccine is CoronaVac, with four weeks between the two doses.
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Brazil also vaccinated part of its population with the AstraZeneca / Oxford vaccine, at a 12-week interval.
The pace of vaccination remains slow due to delays in importing the active doses or ingredients to manufacture them.
But the government hopes to be able to accelerate this pace in the coming weeks, especially thanks to the arrival of the first doses of the vaccine by the end of the month from Pfizer-Biometric, which should reach 15.5 million by June.