The Municipal Health Department of Rio de Janeiro (SMS) informed this Friday (2nd), that it is checking if there was any application of doses after the expiration of the Oxford/Astrazeneca vaccine against Covid-19. Information about the locations where the batches were distributed and the dates of vaccination is available in the link released by the city.
People who identify themselves as suspected cases can wait for contact from the health team or, if they prefer, look for the unit where they were vaccinated on Monday (5), from 11 am. In case of verification that received the expired dose, the revaccination will be carried out.
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In a statement, the folder states that “it received all batches of vaccines from the Ministry of Health within the expiration date and immediately distributed them to health facilities.”
The SES reinforced the immunizations against Covid-19 are purchased and sent by the Ministry of Health to the states and, as soon as the doses reach the General Storage Coordination (CGA) in Rio, a team of more than 30 people starts the work of separation, temperature checking and documentation. Immunizing agents have their validity and batches checked and registered in the system, as well as a series of other parameters required by legal regulations related to the pharmaceutical sector.
In the late afternoon of Friday (2), Fiocruz released a statement clarifying that the aforementioned batches were not produced by the institution.
The Institution highlighted that all doses of vaccines imported from India (Covishield) were delivered by Fiocruz in January and February within the expiration date and in accordance with the MS. Fiocruz also informed that it is supporting the PNI in the search for information from the manufacturer, in India, to subsidize the guidelines to be given by the Program to those who have taken the expired vaccine.
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