Bolsonaro Pressured Queiroga to Restrict Teen Vaccinations

President relied on reports of alleged reactions; Hastily taken measure surprises the sector


President Jair Bolsonaro and supporters pressured health minister Marcelo Queiroga to review rules for vaccination against Covid for teenagers.

Made hastily, the decision to recommend not vaccinating children under 18 surprised members of the Unified Health System and the National Health Surveillance Agency.

The minister attributed the retreat to doubts about safety and effectiveness in this group of people.

Councils of health secretaries of states and municipalities, as well as Anvisa, have not recommended suspending the application in young people who do not have comorbidities.

The World Health Organization is not against vaccinating adolescents. It just says that it is more urgent to vaccinate older people or people with other diseases.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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