The epidemiological bulletin confirms that Araçatuba has broken the mark of 700 deaths for Covid and a total of more than 23 thousand cases since the beginning of the epidemic. Nearly 100 people are hospitalized, 30 in the intensive care unit. The occupancy rate of Covid-aid intensive care units kicked off Wednesday at 111% in the city, with more patients in hospital than hospital capacity allows, based on improvisations provided by exhausted specialists.
Amid reports of deaths, injuries and hospital overcrowding, other news is drawing attention in Aracatuba. That dozens of people who went to vaccination centers couldn’t get to the vaccinator because the City Hall site, where appointments are made, was down, and under maintenance. The world is demanding a vaccine, the country is slowly vaccinating, and it is almost stopping. And in Araçatuba, even though you have a vaccine, you are not vaccinated because the website is not working.
After downplaying the problem and even pointing out that it was people’s fault, and that they should not be vaccinated without such an appointment on the not working website, the city council was trying to convince that in the city the strategy was an example. The Municipal Health Department believes it is fulfilling its obligation to answer by advising people not to go to vaccination centers without an appointment to avoid crowding.
The Folha da Região report showed that the website www. arabicatuba.sp. gov.br/vacina went into maintenance at 6:00 pm on Tuesday (15), with life expected to return to normal at 8:00 am on Wednesday (16), which did not happen. New forecasts were introduced so that appointments could be set from 4:00 pm, but until 8:00 pm the same day, the site remained down, with the message: “Site under maintenance, we will be back soon with vaccination schedules.”
Until back to normal, the baffling Arachatuba municipality site has already entered folklore, in the worst possible way. Scientists from all over the world are able to produce immunizing agents in record time and in a particular city in the interior of São Paulo, this immunizing agent does not reach the arms of people because the website is buggy. In the midst of this pandemic, it is certainly no exaggeration to say that every day a person loses can cost their life.
The least that can be expected from the government headed by Mayor Delador Burgess is to offer and ensure alternatives so that the population does not continue to rely on a poor Internet system, which can return to problems at any time, delaying the progress of vaccination. It is not enough to ask residents not to go to vaccination centers without making an appointment, in a system that does not work. This is a very bad joke. It sounds comical, but it is tragic.
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