The Public Defender’s Office of Rio notified the city hall of Queimados, in Baixada Fluminense, about the low vaccination coverage of children. Almost half of the children in the city have an incomplete vaccination cycle against diseases such as measles, tetanus and polio.
The City Hall has until next Friday (18) to inform the Ombudsman about the measures taken to reinforce, expand and publicize the structure of childhood vaccination, in order to comply with the National Immunization Plan (PNI) of the Ministry of Health.
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Public defender Rodrigo Pacheco explains that the way to overcome low coverage is dialogue. “Low vaccination coverage is a major problem in Baixada Fluminense. Some sectors resist vaccination, a remnant of what was seen in the pandemic.
The Ombudsman sent recommendations to the municipality such as an active search for boys and girls who have not yet been vaccinated, expanding the opening hours of the posts, setting up mobile units in leisure areas and public spaces, and an awareness campaign on the importance of the children’s immunization schedule.
The recommendation was made two days after an agenda with the municipal secretary of Health, Marcelle Nayda Pires Peixoto, who collaborated in the diagnosis of obstacles to the advancement of vaccination.
Data from the municipal health department requested by the Ombudsman indicate that, in the last two years, only 47.6% of the 21,000 children in Queimados took all mandatory vaccine doses, by age group and by type of immunization.
The agency found that the coverage of the second dose of the triple viral (which protects against measles, mumps and rubella) is below the general average of the municipality, considered critical. The vaccine only reached 27.27% between January 2021 and March of that year.
The application of the second reinforcement of the bacterial triple does not exceed 39.57% of the target audience. The reach of the triple bacterial vaccine in pregnant women, which immunizes mother and baby, is 42.63%. Protection against yellow fever is 43.06% and the second booster against polio is 44.23%.
Source: BdF Rio de Janeiro
Editing: Clivia Mesquita