This Saturday (17th) will be held “D-Day” for vaccination against polio and multivaccination in the city of São Paulo. All Basic Health Units (UBS) will be open from 8 am to 5 pm. In addition, 190 flying stations will be spread throughout the capital of São Paulo to intensify immunization.
The goal is to encourage children and adolescents up to 15 years of age to get the polio vaccine and others that are pending in the vaccination booklet, according to the Municipal Health Secretariat of São Paulo.
The list of vaccination sites can be found at this link.
The secretariat says that all security measures against covid-19 will be taken at vaccination sites.
The last case of polio in Brazil occurred in 1989, that is, the disease has been eradicated in the country for 30 years, including due to constant vaccination efforts. In the State of São Paulo, the last recorded case was in 1988.
None of the mandatory vaccines in the National Vaccination Calendar, which include measles and yellow fabre, for children up to one year old reached the coverage target in 2019. Vaccination coverage in the country had been falling since 2011, according to the ministry, but it was the first time in 25 years – since the data are counted – that the country has not reached the vaccination target of 95% in any of the 15 vaccines.