Among the 15 vaccines in the Brazilian children’s calendar, which includes immunization against polio, half have not met the targets since 2015. In 2018, only two unique ones reached the expected coverage: BCG, with 99.72% immunization of the target audience , and the vaccine against human rotavirus, with 91.33%. For both, the goal is to exceed 90%. Last year, none of the 15 vaccines reached the target.
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This year, until October 2, 2020, the immunization rate for BCG reached 63.88%, and for rotavirus, 68.46%. The greatest coverage achieved was the pneumococcal vaccine, with a rate of 71.98%. In 2019, it reached 88.59% of the target audience. The information was released on Friday (16) by the general coordinator of the National Immunization Program (PNI) of the Ministry of Health, Francieli Fontana, during the National Immunization Day.
Although there is still no real assessment of the impact of the covid-19 pandemic on vaccine coverage, the health crisis is expected to make this scenario even worse, a phenomenon that has already been felt globally, according to Fontana.
The partial numbers released on Saturday (17), during the “D” Day of vaccination, show that, in relation to the polio vaccine, the rates are still well below the target.