The Diadema vaccine passport expired last week with figures showing the project was effective in increasing the city’s vaccination rate and reducing the queue of people who had delayed doses in the city. For the booster dose alone, the number of people who did not take the additional dose fell by 18%. During the month the measure was in effect, the volume of hospitalized patients and the number of cases of the disease also fell.
According to Surveillance data, on February 1, the day the decree establishing the Vaccine Passport came into force, 106,745 people had their D3 late. As of February 23, the date of the last report available, 87,663 inhabitants are in this situation.
During the 30 days of validity of the Vaccine Passport, Diadema also made progress with the Municipal Vaccination Campaign. The municipality has a vaccination coverage of 88% of the total population (i.e. 95% of the population aged 5 years and over), compared to the first doses (D1) and of 79% of the total population (i.e. 85% of the population aged from 5 years). ) compared to the second doses (D2).
The vaccine passport should generally require proof of vaccination to enter public and private establishments and places of collective use, as one of the strategies to contain the advance of the pandemic caused by the new coronavirus and also to encourage the immunization of the population. The measure was valid for one month and will not be extended in view of the good verified figures.
Among the strategies to expand vaccination coverage in Diadema, in addition to the vaccination passport, the Municipal Department of Health (SMS) has expanded the supply of vaccination posts in the city, with the temporary opening of a post in Shopping Diadema and Praça da Moça, organizing D-Day vaccination on Saturday and partnering with the municipal education department to apply vaccines in schools. These tactics also resulted in reductions in other indicators.
In January, a daily average of 312 confirmed cases of Covid-19 was observed. In February, 24 cases per day. January was an atypical month, due to the epidemic caused by the entry of the Ômicron variant, but the average is still higher than that of the months of September, October, November, which together had an average of 11 confirmed daily cases of covid-19. It is therefore not time to reduce sanitary measures to fight against the virus.
Regarding the number of deaths, in epidemiological week 4/2022 (01/23 to 01/29), 17 deaths due to Covid-19 were recorded. During weeks 7-2022 (02/13-02/19) and 8-2022 (02/20-02/26), no deaths were recorded.
On January 27, the day the creation of the vaccine passport decree was announced, Diadema had 60 adult patients in exclusive municipal beds for Covid, 16 in intensive care and 44 in service, which represented an occupancy rate of 80% for USI beds and 90% for service. On Tuesday (3), there were 17 hospitalized, eight in the ICU and nine in the ward, which represented a bed occupancy rate of 40% for the ICU and 20% for the ward.
Regarding children, the start of the childhood vaccination campaign for the public aged 5 to 11, the adoption of the vaccine passport and the gradual return of municipal schools have enabled the municipality to exceed 93 confirmed cases of Covid-19. recorded from January 9-15 to just seven cases between February 13-19, a reduction of 92%.
The number of hospitalized cases of this population has also decreased: in epidemiological week 2 (from January 9 to 15), there were three hospitalizations; in weeks 7 (February 13-19) and 8 (February 20-26), there were no records. Throughout the pandemic, no deaths of children in this age group have been recorded.
Another important indicator is the effective reproduction number (Re) which shows the average number of people infected by an infected person based on estimated severe case data. Values greater than 1 indicate that the number of new cases is increasing. Values close to 1 indicate that every day we have a constant number of cases. Values below 1 for several days surely indicate a downward trend in the number of cases. In January, the Re fluctuated between 1.5 and 4, indicating a growing epidemic. On February 21, the Re (read R effective) was between 0.41 and 0.92, indicating a declining epidemic at that time in the commune.
Although the results are positive, SMS technicians warn that the pandemic is not over and that care must be taken to avoid further peaks in infection, especially in the coming weeks, as figures show that after long holidays, the number tends to increase. cases of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).
“We are attentive to the indicators, especially in this post-Carnival holiday and we may adopt new restrictive measures, if necessary. The moment is still cautious, but we are working to reach the levels of the most favorable months. take this opportunity to reinforce the message that vaccination has already proven to be one of the most effective measures to stop the transmission of Covid-19 and end the pandemic. We will continue to invest in the active search for those who are not vaccinated or whose vaccination schedule is incomplete and to move forward with the application of the booster dose in those who are already able to do so and who have not yet done so, ”said the municipal secretary of Health, Dr. Rejane Calixto.
Regarding vaccination against Covid-19, until March 4, a total of 879,633 vaccines have been administered in Diadema, with the first dose in 342,410 people, the second dose in 313,617 people, the third dose in 174,788 people , the fourth dose in 224 people, the single dose in 10,394 people, in addition to 28,913 first doses in children and 9,287 second doses in children.
By Tatiana Ferreira
Photo: Dino Santos