Following the identification of two subvariants of COVID-19 in Brazil (JN.1 and JG.3), the Ministry of Health announced it is monitoring the situation and has reinforced vaccination as the main means of protection against the disease.
The Ministry of Health advises states and municipalities to prioritize specific groups, including individuals at a higher risk of severe disease, such as the elderly.
According to the University of Rio de Janeiro, they identified the new EG.5.1.1 (23F) strain, referred to as Éris, in two of the 95 samples sequenced earlier this month.
The patient is a baby girl who was examined with respiratory symptoms and was discharged on Aug. 14 after treatment. Brazil’s first case of the Eris subvariant was reported in São Paulo state on Aug. 17.
In phase 1, people over 70 years old, immunocompromised, indigenous, riverside, and quilombola people will receive the shot. In phase 2, people aged between 60 and 69.