São Paulo brings forward vaccination plan once more

São Paulo vaccination plan 15 days
São Paulo Governor João Doria. Photo: Govesp

Just weeks after announcing that the entire adult population of the state of São Paulo would be able to receive a first dose of Covid-19 vaccine by the end of October, Governor João Doria published a new timetable — bringing the inoculation of younger age groups forward by 15 days. The revised plan involves calling all 18-24 year-olds to receive vaccines as of September 28.

Brazil administered its first coronavirus vaccines on January 17, but rollouts have been hampered by shortages of inputs and jabs. So far, 24 percent of Brazilians have taken at least one shot, while 11 percent have received both doses. In São Paulo, vaccination rates sit at 27 percent for one dose and 12.8 percent for both shots.

While announcing the updated vaccination timetable, Mr. Doria announced that restrictive measures will be extended until the end of the month, including a daily curfew between 9 pm and 5 am. The decision comes as infections begin to creep upward in São Paulo, with 82 percent of the state’s ICU beds currently occupied.