AstraZeneca vaccine Against Covid-19 should be offered in the network of private clinics in the country in the coming days. The announcement was made yesterday by ABCVac (Brazilian Vaccine Clinic Association). So far, no other manufacturer has indicated its availability to the private sector.
The end of Espin (Public Health Emergency of National Importance) allowed the vaccine to provide private immunization networks. Published on April 22, the measure set by the Ministry of Health came into force 30 days later, making it possible to sell the immunizer on the private network, according to the guidelines, to apply to those over 18 years of age.
Priced between R $ 300 and R $ 350, it is believed that a reasonable number of vaccine doses are available for use.
“There are already about 2 million doses at the AstraZeneca distribution center that can be negotiated immediately with Brazilian clinics. More doses can be negotiated at the request of clinics across the country,” he said in a statement. access to the private market aims to meet a need in Brazil, as is the case with the flu vaccine and other vaccines used in the country.
What vaccines are available against Covid-19 in the private network?
Vaccine produced by AstraZeneca. It is the same immunization provided on the public network – produced in collaboration with the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) – but the private network is imported directly from the British manufacturer.
There are currently no vaccines available on the private network for children over the age of 5 and adolescents under the age of 17, according to the PNI, which is already immunized. For these audiences, the focus is on finding public health units to receive Pfizer or CoronaVac vaccines, depending on their age group.
Who can get vaccinated?
The vaccine will not be self-administered. Each patient should contact their trusted clinic, receive information and make an appointment based on dose availability, as the vials are valid for 48 hours after opening. Thus, there must be a plan to avoid waste.
As a third dose, it can be taken by anyone over the age of 18, regardless of the primary regimen, as long as they have received a second dose at least four months ago. For the fourth dose, patients between the ages of 18 and 60 who are not in the guidelines of the National Immunization Program will have to wait for medical advice for a second recovery.
Is it possible to take the fourth dose without being part of the public ministry?
For the fourth dose, patients between the ages of 18 and 60 who are not eligible for guidelines under the PNI (National Immunization Program) should wait for medical advice to boost their second dose.
Currently, this group includes people over the age of 60 with conditions or diseases that endanger the immune system, and people over the age of 12 or older, who can also receive a fourth dose of the vaccine. This group includes transplant recipients, people living with HIV, those receiving cancer treatment, or those using immunosuppressants. In such cases, the fourth dose should also be taken four months after the third dose.
How will control be done through the private network?
Clinics should check the doses already taken by the patient and provide appropriate instructions.
How much will it cost?
The selling price of the immunizer at the factory is R $ 151, a value defined by the Chamber of Drug Regulation (CMED). Each clinic makes up its own price for the application service, which may vary by region. It is estimated to average R $ 300 to R $ 350 for the end consumer due to logistics, warehousing, insurance and application costs.
Is AstraZeneca different from the public network vaccine package?
It is a specific package for sale, different from those applied in the public health network.
Will the applied vaccines also appear in the Ministry of Health?
Yes. All will be registered in the federal government’s information program, ConectSUS, as is the case with other vaccines.
Are there any plans for other brands to reach the private network?
So far, no other manufacturer has indicated its availability to the private sector. Currently, four vaccine brands are applied in Brazil through the public network: CoronaVac, AstraZeneca / Fiocruz, Pfizer and Janssen, according to the guidelines for age groups and priority groups.
How many clinics are already applying the AstraZeneca vaccine?
Each clinic negotiates directly with the manufacturer and distributor. Therefore, there is no specific data on how many clinics will be marketed for immunization. However, it is clear that some private units in the country are already receiving doses.
Why was the vaccine released only now on the private network?
Only now was there an offer for a private network immunizer. It was at this time that the sale of the doses, due to the fall of Law 14.125 / 2021, made it impossible to sell.
What is the industry’s expectation?
It is anticipated that over time and with pandemic control, the vaccine against Covid-19 will become a common vaccine, such as the flu vaccine. It is believed that at some point there will be a reduction in the age group and groups that are vaccinated by the PNI, so clinics will act as an immunizer supplement and give it to these vital people, as is already the case with the flu. campaign.
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