The Brazilian Minister of Health announced on Tuesday that the COVID-19 booster shot qualification will be extended to all people over the age of 18 in the country.
Marcelo Queiroga said the government will begin offering a third dose to those who received a second dose five months ago.
National health officials recently decided to reduce the interval between second and third doses from 6 months to 5 months, news agency Brazilians reported..
A third dose is already available in Brazil for healthcare professionals, the elderly, and patients with pre-existing conditions. Queiroga previously stated that healthcare professionals want to be given Pfizer Jab six months after completing the first round of COVID-19 vaccination.
According to Brazilians, South American countries are trying to import more than 100 million vaccines by December. Most of them are AstraZeneca, an adenovirus-based COVID-19 vaccine from Oxford University.
The Minister of Health said sufficient doses were available for the entire population.
In July, AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine became the most used shot in Brazil. The country has also approved Pfizer / BioNTech, Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), and Russia’s Sputnik V.
The AstraZeneca vaccine faces global challenges in terms of efficacy data, supply, and links to potentially deadly thrombi. More than 12 countries suspended the use of AstraZeneca’s vaccine earlier this year as a precautionary measure while investigators were investigating reported cases of blood clots among vaccinated people.
According to data released by the Ministry of Health of the country CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virusThe pathogen that causes COVID-19 has killed more than 610,000 people in Brazil since the start of the pandemic. Brazil also has the highest reported number of cases in Latin America.
On Monday, the Ministry of Health registered 63 deaths from the CCP virus and 2,799 additional cases.
from NTD News