Governors call for professionals to be ‘priority priorities’ in the National Immunization Plan; in São Paulo, security forces will be vaccinated from April 5
After pressure from secretaries across the country, the Ministry of Health decided to anticipate the vaccination security agents directly involved in combating the pandemic. This Tuesday, 30, governors of the Northeast sent letters to the president Jair Bolsonaro, and the ministers of health, Marcelo Queiroga, and Education, Milton Ribeiro, asking teachers and police to be “priority priorities” for the National Immunization Plan (PNI). A decree from Piauí placed these professionals among the first to be immunized. The president of the Northeast Consortium and governor of the State, Wellington Dias, made an appeal for the guideline to be valid throughout the country. “For us to be able to start vaccination, start with those who are directly connected to health, until we can have this national regulation. I also sent the request to the Ministry of Health to approve a national rule. ”
In São Paulo, police and teachers have already been incorporated into the immunization calendar. The security forces will be vaccinated from April 5 and teachers who work in primary and secondary education and are over 47 years old will receive the first dose from April 12. A study by the University of Zurich, in partnership with the São Paulo Department of Education, revealed that the resumption of classes at the end of last year did not cause an increase in cases or deaths due to Covid-19 in the state. The researchers do not rule out that the units can be points of attention for the transmission of the disease, but say that they are safer environments since they represent only a small portion of the municipal population, with less impact on local mobility.
Seduc’s undersecretary, Patríck Tranjan, reinforces that schools they are controlled locations, despite the advancement of the variants. “It is not because schools are safer for society that we do not have to comply with protocols. Schools are safe precisely because protocols are more easily monitored. It is easier to have their greeting at school than in a bar. Contamination by the coronavirus, regardless of the variant, occurs in the same way. If we are constantly on the lookout for health protocols, we tend to prevent infection, ”he said. The survey carried out in 131 cities revealed that the data did not change even in the poorest regions and with the highest number of elderly people.
* With information from reporter Nanny Cox