More states start vaccinating children against Covid-19 this Saturday

São Paulo, Pernambuco and Maranhão started childhood immunization this Friday, 14

SUAMY BEYDOUN/AGIF – PHOTOGRAPHY AGENCY/ESTADÃO CONTENDOSão Paulo started vaccinating children this Friday, 14, prioritizing indigenous people, quilombolas and children with comorbidities

or state of São Paulo started the vaccination of children from 5 to 11 years old against Covid-19 this Friday, 14th. The first immunization of children in Brazil was the indigenous Davi Seremrámiwe Xavante, 8 years old. He has a health condition that affects the mobility of his legs and is being treated at Hospital das Clínicas, University of São Paulo. After the immunization, the boy said he was proud of having taken the vaccine. “I felt joy, I am protecting and I am doing it for my Xavante people,” he said. São Paulo received 234 thousand doses of Pfizer for children, which have already started to be distributed to the municipalities. Pernambuco also started vaccinating children by immunizing Maria Antônia de Oliveira, 11 years old, who has Down syndrome. In Maranhão, the application started with Isabela Vitória Moraes, 11 years old, diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

This Saturday, 15, other states should also begin priority immunization. In Fortaleza, Ceará, the vaccine will take place by prior appointment made by parents. In Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, the application will be at Health Centers from 8 am to 2 pm. In Pará, Governor Helder Barbalho, who has Covid-19 for the second time, also confirmed the beginning of childhood immunization in the state. “Let’s start with 11-year-olds with comorbidities and disabilities. With each new batch, we expand so that we can universalize it for all children, always respecting the decision of the family, the parents. But it is essential that we understand that vaccine is life, it is science, it is a huge work of many people who have saved our population.”

*With information from reporter Carolina Abelin

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