São Paulo – The capital of São Paulo will receive one million doses of the H1N1 influenza vaccine from Putantan Institute. The first batch of 400,000 immunizations will be delivered on Thursday the 23rd. With that, the Municipal Health Department (SMS) hopes to start the vaccination the next day, Friday, 24th. The 469 Basic Health Units (UBSs) will be open from 7am to 7pm.
The doses will target people not yet vaccinated in 2021. Pregnant women, postpartum and nursing women, the elderly over 60 years of age, and children aged 6 months to 5 years are part of the priority group. As soon as a new shipment of potions arrives, the SMS will provide a new disclosure of the target audiences.
According to City Hall Sao PauloThe Putantan Institute responded to a request from the Health Surveillance Coordination (COVIZA) for the SMS, which “sent an official letter requesting additional doses of the influenza vaccine, in an attempt to alleviate the worrying picture of the increase in the number of cases. They have developed symptoms in the past days,” he said in a statement.
In November 2021, SMS recorded a total of 111,949 visits of people with flu-like symptoms, 56,220 of whom were suspected of having COVID-19. This month, as of Tuesday, 20, the file has recorded a total of 170,259 people with respiratory illnesses, of whom 79,482 are suspected of having the COVID-19 virus.
Last week, SMS, through Covisa, made the same request to Ministry of Health. This year, 4.5 million people were vaccinated against H1N1 influenza in the city of São Paulo.
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