The City of Manaus reported this Saturday (1/30) the occurrence of a serious adverse event (death) after vaccination against Covid-19. This is an 83-year-old man who received a dose of the AstraZeneca immunizer on Friday (1/29).
The administration of the capital of Amazonas, through the Department of Environmental and Epidemiological Surveillance of the Municipal Health Secretariat (Semsa), forwarded the information to the Reference Center for Special Immunobiologicals (Crie), a body linked to the Amazonas Health Surveillance Foundation ( FVS-AM). Until the conclusion of this investigation, it is not possible to say whether the vaccine was related to the death of the elderly.
The vaccination of people over 80 started on Friday in the capital of Amazonas. Before, health professionals had access to the immunizer.
This week, the German government recommended not to apply the immunizer to the elderly, as there are no specific data for this group in the studies, although the vaccine is considered safe.
Fiocruz, which develops the vaccine in Brazil, points out that the tests demonstrate safety and antibody production in the elderly.
According to the secretariat, the notification follows the Post-Vaccine Adverse Events Protocol against the SARS-CoV-2 virus, prepared by the Ministry of Health, which contains pharmacovigilance guidelines and guidelines to be followed by the entire system health system. Unified Health System (SUS).
The document assigns the municipalities the responsibility to carry out the identification, notification and preliminary investigation of the Adverse Post-Vaccination Event (EAPV) in conjunction with the state.
The death was communicated by the elderly family. According to the head of the Immunization Division at the secretariat, Isabel Hernandes, the investigation of the case will be conducted rigorously. “We cannot attribute any adverse events to the vaccine until the investigation of the case is complete. The notification is made for monitoring and as a strategy to evaluate the safety of the vaccines ”, he said.
AstraZeneca / Oxford vaccines were sent to Amazonas by the Ministry of Health, with a total of 74,140 doses being transferred to the municipality of Manaus, of which 50,398 were specifically intended for vaccination of 100% of the elderly aged 80 and over 100% of the elderly aged 75 to 79 years and 37% of the elderly aged 70 to 74 years.
What the Ministry of Health says
To Metropolises, the press office of the Ministry of Health reported having learned of the death of the elderly person on Saturday night and that he called on the agency’s technical area to investigate the episode.