RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Rio de Janeiro will start the application of the third dose of vaccines against Covid-19 in the elderly from September, following a recommendation from the scientific council of the municipality, the city said on Monday.
The experts’ recommendation is that the third dose or booster dose be from Pfizer or AstraZeneca, regardless of which vaccine was given as the first dose. The calendar for this third dose in the elderly is yet to be released with the dates.
The municipality intends to apply the reinforcement between September and November in a staggered manner, that is, from the oldest to the least elderly.
“At a meeting this Monday morning, the Special Committee to Combat Covid-19 approved and recommended the application of the booster dose (DR) in the elderly (60 years and over). The DR vaccination schedule will be prepared and released by the Municipal Health Department within a few days. The forecast is that the booster dose will be applied between September and November, on a staggered basis for elderly people who have taken the second dose for at least six months, starting with residents in long-term care institutions (ILPI), such as nursing homes,” he said The city hall.
“Regardless of the vaccine taken in the first two doses, for the DR will be used vaccines from Pfizer and AstraZeneca.”, added the municipality.
Rio hopes to receive new shipments of vaccine on Tuesday and start vaccinating 17-year-olds. The vaccination of teenagers was scheduled to start this Monday, but it started only for specific cases. According to the Municipal Health Department of Rio, 68 thousand doses are needed. Adult vaccinations ended on Friday.
The city and state are the epicenter of the Delta variant in the country and the state has recorded more than 61,000 deaths by Covid-19.
(By Rodrigo Viga Gaier)
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