Priority groups total 850,000 children between 5 and 11 years old, according to state government estimates
The state government of São Paulo plans to start vaccinating children against Covid-19 who are outside the priority groups in the second week of February. THE vaccination of the public between five and 11 years old began this Friday, the 14th, with the application of the first dose to Davi Seremrámiwe Xavante, an 8-year-old indigenous boy. After Davi, another seven children received doses at an event held by the São Paulo government at Hospital das Clínicas. As determined by the Ministry of Health, children with disabilities, indigenous people, quilombolas or those with comorbidities will first be immunized; next, in descending order of age (ie starting with 11 and ending with 5). The administration of João Doria (PSDB) plans to immunize the entire priority group, estimated at 850,000 people, by February 10th. Then, from the 2nd week of February until the end of the month, children aged 11, 10 and some nine-year-olds would receive the first doses, as the doses distributed by the Ministry arrive. The estimate of the São Paulo government is that 4.3 million children between five and 11 years old can be immunized.
According to Doria, the state has the capacity to vaccinate 250,000 children a day, but still depends on remittances from the federal government to complete the immunization. Because of this, the planned timetable may be delayed. The state government is also awaiting possible approval from the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) so that CoronaVac, developed by the Chinese laboratory Sinovac and manufactured at the Butantan Institute, in SP, is applied to the age group between three and 17 years. For now, the doses used are Pfizer’s pediatric doses, which are about a third the volume of those used in adults. Most cities in the state plan to start large-scale childhood vaccination next Monday, 17.