Government Abandons Prescription Requirement for Children, Vaccination Will Start for Children with Comorbidity

Indigenous, quilombola and permanently disabled minors will also be prioritized in immunization against Covid

The Ministry of Health announced this Wednesday (5) that children aged 5 to 11 years will receive the Pfizer vaccine for Covid-19 without the need to present a medical prescription. Immunization will begin for minors with comorbidity, permanent disability, indigenous people and quilombolas. Then, the ministry recommends that children who live with people considered at risk be vaccinated. Subsequently, there will be a scaling by age group, starting with the oldest. Vaccination will not be mandatory. The forecast is that children will begin to be vaccinated from January 14th.

"We suggest an order of priority. However, this will be decided, especially those that are not governed by law, by the tip, that is, the part of the municipality that will define how this vaccination will be carried out," said Rosana Leite de Melo, secretary for Covid-19 of the Ministry of Health. The idea of ​​the folder was to recommend immunization provided that upon presentation of a doctor's request and parental consent. Folha had already advanced that the ministry would give up the prescription.

President Jair Bolsonaro (PL) had questioned the safety of immunizations for children. A public consultation carried out to define the rules of immunization found that most were against the prescription.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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