UNICEF warns that 3 out of 10 children in Brazil do not receive life-saving vaccines

The importance of vaccines for the health of the world’s population has been experimentally explained over the past few years. A recent example is the action of immunizations against Kovid-19, to stop cases of serious infections of the epidemic and disease. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNIFEC) issued a warning to the country in the last week of April. Children fall on immunization Against measles, mumps and rubella (triple viral D1) and polio. According to data from the Information Technology Dataset at Unified Health System, 3 out of 10 children have not received the vaccines needed to protect them from life-threatening diseases.

According to the statement, In just three years, there has been a 21.61% decline in the triple viral D1 vaccination rate in Brazil.. In 2019, 93.1% of the target was to receive an immunizer, while in 2022 the percentage was down to 71.49%. The data is public and belongs to the DataSource of Information Technology in the service of Unified Health System.

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Number of doses applied in the country (D1 viral triple) per year:

  • Year 2018 – 2,643,322 doses
  • Year 2019 – 2,722,258 doses
  • Year 2020 – 2,326,409 doses
  • Year 2021 – 2,072,920 doses
  • Year 2022 – 145,786 doses

In addition, the opposite vaccination coverageOliomyelitis From 84.2% in 2019 to 67.7% in 2021.

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Number of applicable doses (poliomyelitis) per country:

  • Year 2018 – 2,555,836 doses
  • Year 2019 – 2,461,162 doses
  • Year 2020 – 2,223,861 doses
  • Year 2021 – 1,968,758 doses
  • Year 2022 – 150,757 doses

Stephanie Amaral, UNICEF’s health officer in Brazil, says children get immunized against at least 17 diseases as a child. “The drop in vaccination rates puts millions of children and adolescents at risk of dangerous and preventable diseases,” he explains.

The more children who do not have access to vaccines, the easier it is to spread diseases. In a note, UNICEF says that communities that do not have complete immunization for their residents can promote outbreaks in various parts of the world and the return of eradicated diseases in several countries.

“In Brazil, daily vaccination for children under the age of 5 has been decreasing since 2015, and the epidemic is definitely a serious problem.

Gene Goff, Regional Director of UNICEF in Latin America and the Caribbean, said in a fund announcement that as countries recover from the epidemic, immediate action is needed to prevent coverage rates from falling further, as the resurgence of disease risks poses a serious threat to society. On the whole.

“This is an opportunity to restructure primary health care and strengthen a comprehensive and community approach to vaccinating the most vulnerable populations.


When it comes to state data regarding vaccination coverage of children with the triple viral D1 vaccine, rates are positive. In 2018 and 2019, vaccination coverage exceeded the Ministry of Health’s expectations, 111.46% and 103.02%, respectively.

In subsequent years, it is possible to observe a decrease of 38.97%. There was 90.30% vaccination coverage in 2020 and in 2021 it was 72.49%. As of May 5, 2022, according to DataSUS data, Ceará vaccinated 10.75% of children with the first dose of immunosuppression.

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Number of doses applied in Ceará per year (D1 viral triple):

  • Year 2018 – 140,540 doses
  • Year 2019 – 131,655 doses
  • Year 2020 – 115,405 doses
  • Year 2021 – 93,643 doses
  • Year 2022 – 5,347 doses

With respect to poliomyelitis and state data, children’s vaccination coverage for the years 2018 and 2019, the current level of excellence, is 111.08% and 93.54%, respectively. As in the example above, the vaccination rate begins to decline. In the coming years, we could see a drop of 39.58 percentage points. In 2020, it was 86.85% of the vaccination range and in 2021 it was 71.50%. As of May 5, 2022, Ceará vaccinated 11.62% of the target audience with the first dose of the immunizer.

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Number of doses applied in Ceará per year (poliomyelitis):

  • Year 2018 – 140,051 doses
  • Year 2019 – 119,542 doses
  • Year 2020 – 110,987 Dose
  • Year 2021 – 92,362 doses
  • Year 2022 – 5,805 doses

According to doctor and immunologist Cicero Inacio, over the last 2 years, with the epidemic and social isolation, the population has become more secluded and has avoided seeking health care. “Similarly, governments pay only attention to Kovid-19. We certainly have some waves of other diseases that can be prevented and avoided by preventative measures, such as vaccines and / or mosquito bites.

* Brazilian data collected from the National Immunization Program of the Ministry of Health (PNI), May 5, 2022.

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