Lottery workers can be included in priority groups for Covid-19 vaccination
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The Minister of Health, Marcelo Queiroga, released new guidelines for the national vaccination plan against Covid-19. While the president of Caixa Econômica Federal, Pedro Guimarães, declared that he will work so that lottery employees are also incorporated into the new priority groups.

That’s because workers at banks and Post Offices across the country now have priority in the process of immunization against the disease. The Health Minister did not specify the number of Brazilians benefiting from the new standard.

According to Marcelo Queiroga, the request was made by the categories about 20 days ago and was accepted by the National Immunization Program (PNI) last Tuesday. He said a technical statement should be announced by the end of this week, aimed at detailing those who will gain priority access to vaccines.

“Today, we had a definitive position from the National Immunization Program so that the servers of the banks and the Post Office and telegraphs were included in the list of priorities”, said Queiroga, at a press conference at the Palácio do Planalto.

The president of Banco do Brasil, Fausto Ribero, pointed out that there are about half a million bank workers in Brazil. According to Ribeiro, 50% of this amount is acting remotely. And, of the other half, approximately 150,000 have not yet been vaccinated.

“We are talking about more than half a million bank employees who will have early access to the immunization process, 50% of them at home. The rest, we are talking about 250 thousand bank employees, we still have the vaccine 153 thousand people”, said the president of Banco do Brasil.

Progress of vaccination against Covid-19 in Brazil

More than 13% of the population has already received the second dose or the single dose of vaccines against Covid-19 and are immunized, according to the consortium of press vehicles. In other words, 27 million Brazilians are properly vaccinated, 26,682,278 with the second dose and 1,113,011 with a single dose, by Janssen.

The first dose was given to 78.5 million people, equivalent to 37% of Brazilians. In total, 106,269,948 doses have been applied since the beginning of the process, in January this year.