Brazil vaccinates everyone over 90 against COVID-19: report

Brazil's Sao Paulo state Health Secretary Jean Gorinchteyn holds a box of the 'CoronaVac' COVID-19 vaccine, developed by Sinovac Biotech as the plane carrying containers with 5,5 million doses arrives at Viracopos International Airport, in Campinas, Brazil

Brazil has vaccinated everyone over 90 years of age against COVID-19 and more than 70 percent of its healthcare workers, local media reported on Thursday citing an official source.

According to the Attorney General’s Office (AGU), which released the document, the government said everyone over 60 years of age residing at a care home and people with disabilities who have been institutionalized have also been vaccinated.

The document was issued in response to a request by the Federal Supreme Court that the government provide more detail regarding its vaccination campaign and prioritized sectors, since it was not clear who would be vaccinated first if there was a shortage of vaccines, which is the case.

The AGU document states that 100 percent of Brazilians 90 years and over (901,729) have been vaccinated, along with 73 percent of healthcare workers (4.85 million), 100 percent of persons aged 60 and over at care facilities (156,878) and all people with disabilities residing at an institution (6,472).

Currently, more than 5.5 million people have been vaccinated against COVID-19 throughout Brazil, though a lack of vaccines has led at least five regional capital cities to suspend immunization.

According to the country’s national vaccination plan, updated in January, 77.2 million people were in priority groups, including the elderly and healthcare workers on the frontlines in the fight against the pandemic.

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