The city of Alcântara, in Maranhão, should be the first in the country to vaccinate practically its entire population with at least one dose of immunizing agent.
According to Governor Flávio Dino (PCdoB-MA), this is because the municipality received thousands of vaccines aimed at the quilombola population, which was considered a priority in the National Immunization Program (PNI).
This week, the city surpassed the 60% mark of people who received at least the first dose of the vaccine.
“In a week, we will reach the 100% mark,” said the governor to the column.
Another Brazilian city, Serrana, in the interior of São Paulo, also immunized practically its entire population. But she is part of a clinical study by the Butantan Institute, which sought to discover the effectiveness of the vaccine in an ideal situation in which almost everyone would be immunized. A similar study is being carried out with the AstraZeneca vaccine in the city of Botucatu, SP.
Alcântara is part of the metropolitan region of São Luís, which is the state capital.
Most of its territory is occupied by one hundred quilombola communities, made official by the National Institute for Colonization and Agrarian Reform (Incra).
It stands out not only for the size of the titled area, but mainly for the ancestry of the occupation, which dates back to the 18th century.
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