Brazil receives second shipment of Pfizer pediatric vaccine

Second batch arrived on Sunday in São Paulo state

Published in 17/01/2022 - 09:44 By Agência Brasil - Agência Brasil - Brasília
Updated in 17/01/2022 - 09:14

The Brazilian Ministry of Health confirmed that a second shipment with 1.2 million Pfizer doses for children against COVID-19 has arrived this Sunday (Jan. 16) at Viracopos airport, in Campinas, São Paulo state. This is the only vaccine approved by the country´s national drug regulator Anvisa for children aged 5 to eleven so far.

According to the executive secretary of the Ministry of Health, Rodrigo Cruz, this shipment was scheduled to arrive in Brazil originally only on January 20. Another 1.8 million doses are expected to arrive on January 27.

The first shipment with the vaccine arrived early Thursday (Jan. 13), also in Viracopos. The following day, the first child in Brazil received the dose of Pfizer's first pediatric COVID-19 vaccine.

According to the Brazilian Ministry of Health, for the age group between 5 and 11 years old, a parental or guardian consent is required. In case they are present during the vaccination, the written term will be waived. The ministry recommends that parents or guardians consult a doctor before immunization.

Translation: Mário Nunes -  Edition: Graça Adjuto

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