The happiness of taking the covid vaccine has been shared on social networks through photos of people with their sleeves raised at the time of application. But to make the same record in the city of Joinville, you need to lower your pants.
Adults in this municipality in Santa Catarina receive the vaccine in the upper part of the buttocks since the beginning of the campaign in January. But the recent photo of a resident receiving a dose viralized the practice that, according to local health authorities, brings fewer adverse reactions.
“For me the place doesn’t matter, I think the important thing is to get the vaccine. The first one I’ve already taken is in the gluteal region and I’ve never had anything, no symptoms, nothing, and I’m taking the second one,” said Claudemir Da Silva, a 60-year-old painter who received the second dose this Friday morning.
Jean Rodrigues, Health Secretary of Joinville, explains the reason for this alternative: “precisely in this situation where it is an intramuscular application, the ventrogluteal was chosen, which is precisely where there are fewer adverse reactions to the application, specifically to the application technique”.
But this administration of the vaccine in the gluteal region or in the arm is not related to the possible effects of the immunizing agent itself, introduced in both cases into muscle tissue for rapid absorption.
“In Joinville, we have a protocol that all intramuscular vaccines are given priority in this location,” said Thiago Boeing, spokesman for the municipal government, to AFP.
The area offers better muscle thickness, is free of nerves and blood vessels and covered with a thinner layer of fat, details a document from the local Ministry of Health.
However, those who prefer can receive the injection in the arm, as in the rest of Brazil and the world. But there are hardly those who oppose the local practice, says the city’s spokesman.
Marli Schneider Helmert guarantees that she “in no way” felt exposed when receiving this alternative vaccine. “I didn’t feel anything, it just turned red in the place, normal. No reaction, no worries. And my mother did Coronavac on her arm and she couldn’t lift her arm”.
Regardless of the application site, 357,679 inhabitants of Joinville have received the first dose and 150,667 have already been fully immunized, about 60% and 25% of the total, according to official records.
Since the start of the pandemic, the city has accumulated 107,664 infections and 1,735 deaths.
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