First batch of Pfizer vaccine for children arrives in Brazil

The first shipment of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine for children from 5 to 11 years old arrived in Brazil today. According to the G1 website, the batch was landed in the early hours of this Thursday, at Viracopos Airport, in Campinas (SP), with a total of 1.248 million doses.

Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga said on Monday that Brazil should receive another 600,000 pediatric doses from Pfizer in January. With this, the forecast for the month adds up to 4.3 million doses of childhood vaccines.

The National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) included children aged 5 to 11 years in the Pfizer vaccine package insert, in a decision announced at a virtual meeting on December 16 of last year.

Anvisa approved the application of two doses of Pfizer, with an interval of 21 days. So far, this is the only vaccine approved for children. According to IBGE data, Brazil has about 20.5 million children in this age group. Anyone who turns 12 years old between the first and second dose must complete the immunization cycle with the reduced dose.

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