Populations from poor and distant neighborhoods have fewer health posts.

Populous regions of Curitiba have received fewer doses of the vaccine against the coronavirus and have difficulties in accessing it. This is the case of the Tatuquara neighborhood, which has 124,759 inhabitants and has a single vaccination point, Rua da Cidadania. This is one of the disparities recently disclosed in a vaccination map drawn up under the mandate of councilor Professora Josete (PT). “The idea was to make a map just to help people publicize vaccination sites. However, we realized the inequality in terms of guaranteeing access to the vaccine precisely to the most vulnerable populations.”

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To illustrate the situation, Josete presented in plenary a map with the 21 vaccination points in the city, exemplifying what happens in Regional Tatuquara. Along with the limitation of location, there is the distance that the most vulnerable populations need to travel to get vaccinated.

“I use as an example the situation of Caximba, which has one of the largest occupations in the municipality. There is no vaccination point nearby. It is a population with greater vulnerability, with greater difficulty moving, many of these people unemployed by the pandemic. To get to another vaccination point, transport and costs are required”, explains Josete.

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In the map, population density was also not considered, as there are more populated regions that have fewer vaccination points compared to other less populated regions.

Many people did not get vaccinated

Pedro da Silva, a resident of Jardim Teresa, in Tatuquara, confirms the difficulty in accessing vaccination. “Tatuquara is very big. A lot of people here didn’t get vaccinated because they get there, there’s a huge queue, they have to go back because of their children or something else, then they can’t come back because this mobility has a cost”, he says.

Another problem is that people who live in occupations do not have proof of residence and are not getting vaccinated. “If the idea is to vaccinate everyone, there would have to be less bureaucracy or they would come to us”, says Pedro.

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What does the City Hall say

In a statement, the press office of the Municipal Health Department said that “vaccination points are planned based on the estimate of the public who will be immunized and the number of immunizing agents made available.

In the Regional do Tatuquara, in addition to the fixed point of immunization, there are temporary points that are opened when the estimate of the group to be vaccinated is higher. Health agents are constantly monitoring and actively searching.

Source: BoF Paraná

Edition: Frédi Vasconcelos

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