And it confirms that Petropolis will receive more vaccines from now on, after the state reviewed the percentage of vaccines that were sent to the city, and this was done at the request of the city.
Priscilla Torquato – Special for Memoirs
The Secretary-General of Health, Aloysio Barbosa Filho, received the Diario de Petropolis team, on Friday afternoon (02) at the headquarters of the Secretariat. On the agenda are some issues related to the handling of COVID-19 in the city. The speed of vaccination, the expansion of the target audience, and the flexibility of measures to contain the virus were among the topics discussed in the interview. Before that, let’s contextualize the pandemic scenario in Petropolis. As of July 2, the city has recorded 41,737 cases of the disease. Of this total, 38,844 petropolitans were recovered. Unfortunately, 1303 did not work. Currently, 115 people are hospitalized, occupancy rates are 28.79% of clinical beds and 33.70% of intensive care beds. The vaccination bulletin stated that 119,037 people received the first dose of the vaccine, 40,782 people completed the two-dose course of immunization, and 1,120 people received the vaccine with a single dose.
Vaccination speed and age range
Diário de Petrópolis – One of the most talked about issues on Diário de Diário social networks is the pace of vaccination in the city. Many wonder why the capital is in a lower age group than the municipality. They also say that vaccination in the city is slow. Could vaccination in Petropolis be more advanced?
Aloisio Barbosa – “Petrópolis is one of the few municipalities in the state that has not suspended vaccination due to lack of doses. This happened because there is planning. Everyone who registers has a guaranteed dose. It will not happen that you arrive at the clinic and not take the dose. Extension of the age group depends on sending Federal Government of Immunology. We noted that due to the National Immunization Scheme, there was a discretionary pool for each priority group for immunization. But this number was out of date, as they used IBGE as the basis for 2010. We requested a readjustment of dose dispatch and received assistance. Petrópolis received 1.36% of each shipment From doses to the state. Now it will start to get 1.86%. This will increase our capacity to vaccinate. With a full stockpile, the city will have the capacity to vaccinate between 2500 and 3000 people per day.
Resilience in the midst of a pandemic
Dubai Ports – Since the beginning of the pandemic, the municipal government has issued decrees with measures to contain the virus. However, over the months of confrontation with Covid-19, the measures have been relaxed. Two weeks ago, sanitary barriers were suspended in the city and this week store hours are back to normal. Was this the best decision at the time, given that the pandemic was not over and the city was in the peak tourist season?
AB – “We have as criteria the number of cases, the percentage of acceptance, the number of assistance points in support. These indicators guide our decisions about resilience. We work with a risk rating and system saturation capacity. We can predict the number of days I will reach the full capacity of the beds. For example, with the handout on day one, it gives me a seven-point risk matrix. This means a low risk and outlook for ICU bed exhaustion was 124 days. We already had a one-day forecast to reach full capacity. This monitoring gives us conditions for planning actions and thus issuing decrees.”
DP – A survey by Fiocruz shows that the age group that tested positive for covid-19 is declining. In Petropolis, Covid commission figures show that confirmed cases, as of Friday (02), by age were like this: 8,503 people aged 40-49 tested positive for the disease. In the age group between 50 and 59, there were 7332. Over 60 years of age, 8,000 cases were recorded. Does this prove Fiocruz is studying here in town too?
AB – “This is a new disease. Every virus mutates from the environment. As the covid-19 vaccine is slowly happening nationally due to delays in getting and distributing doses, you end up allowing this virus to mutate and become more resistant. Its ability to affect older people shifts. Only it ends up reaching a younger audience, which is initially more resistant. This causes the infection to rejuvenate. The vaccine is the cause of this process as well. As the disease of the elderly decreases, those who are not yet immunized end up getting sick more.
Covid-19 care x other diseases
Dubai Ports – The fight against COVID-19 has ended with all the city’s efforts to fight the pandemic. But this does not put an end to other diseases. Unsatisfactory service has been disrupted in the city, with the long waiting list for the “joint” family, what will be done to provide this type of service more adequately? “
AB – There is a shortage of a joint ICU vacancy. This is true in all cities. We had to dedicate two health units to take care of Covid. All efforts were aimed at combating the epidemic, which is not yet over. Many services were damaged. This is on the public network and on the private network. The Secretariat is working to strike a balance between these two requirements. We are considering moving our own health units, which is possible due to the low occupancy rate of the family. This will increase the supply of non-virus-infected beds to serve the population.”