The first child vaccinated against Covid-19 in Brazil is an 8-year-old indigenous boy. Davi Seremramiwe Xavante periodically comes to São Paulo for a health treatment at the Hospital das Clínicas at USP. Governor João Doria accompanied the beginning of the state campaign for children aged 5 to 11 years old in the early afternoon of this Friday (14).
“David is the first Brazilian child to receive the vaccine for immunization against Covid-19. It is a historic moment for Brazil. Practically a year after São Paulo started vaccination here at Hospital das Clínicas”, said Doria.
The childhood vaccination campaign in São Paulo began immediately after the delivery of the initial batch of 234,000 pediatric vaccines from Pfizer to the State Department of Health. The secretariat teams received the immunizer at the end of the morning of this Friday, and the distribution to all regions of the state will start until the end of the afternoon.
Born to a Xavante tribe in the state of Mato Grosso, Davi has a health condition that affects his legs and forces him to walk with the help of an orthosis. For nine months, he and his father, chief Jurandir Siridiwe, made periodic trips to the capital of São Paulo so that Davi could be treated at the Instituto da Criança at Hospital das Clínicas.
Since the beginning of last year, Davi has been living with a tutor in the city of Piracicaba, in the Campinas region. She accompanies him in the routine consultations that the boy has at the HC with doctors in the areas of rehabilitation and neurology.
The case of the Xavante boy is being studied by specialists from the Instituto da Criança, who are trying to identify the reasons for the partial stoppage of Davi’s movements. As there are other children from the same tribe with symptoms similar to Davi’s, USP scientists are conducting a complete genetic study to identify possible causes of the problem.
In this first stage of the childhood vaccination campaign, the State Immunization Plan recommends that the 645 City Halls of the state prioritize children aged 5 to 11 years with comorbidities, disabilities, indigenous people and quilombolas. It is estimated that 850,000 minors in these conditions are vaccinated as a priority.
The Ministry of Health sent only 234,000 doses to the São Paulo Secretariat this Friday. The expectation of the State Government is that the federal agency forwards new batches from next week.
The list of comorbidities is defined by the Ministry of Health. Parents and guardians must present proofs such as exams or any medical prescription at vaccination posts. The existing records in the Basic Health Units can also be used for vaccination.
The Government of São Paulo also recommends pre-registration on the website www.vacinaja.sp.gov.br for the children’s campaign. Filling out the digital form is optional and is not an appointment, but it speeds up service at the stations, avoiding queues and agglomerations.
To register children, parents and guardians must access the website, click on the “Children under 11” button and fill out the form. If the process cannot be done over the internet, parents do not need to worry, as the complete registration can be done in person at the vaccination units.
List of comorbidities from the Ministry of Health
Cor-pulmonale and pulmonary hypertension
hypertensive heart disease
valvular heart disease
Cardiomyopathies and pericardiopathies
Diseases of the aorta, great vessels and arteriovenous fistulas
Congenital heart diseases
Heart prostheses and implants
Severe chronic lung disease
Resistant arterial and stage 3 arterial hypertension
Stage 1 and 2 hypertension with lesion and target organ
chronic kidney disease
Immunosuppressed (including cancer patients)
sickle cell anemia