Transition considers framing anti-vax groups in crimes against public health

posted on 11/28/2022 22:11

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The technical group (GT) for health in the transition to the government of President-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) discusses the possibility of framing people or groups that disseminate information against vaccines, established in the National Immunization Program (PNI), in crimes against public health.

In addition, this week, coordinators will listen to influencers in the health area to gather suggestions on combating the anti-vaccine discourse, which has gained strength in recent years, with encouragement from authorities, such as President Jair Bolsonaro (PL).

“This week we are going to meet influencers in the area of ​​public health to hear ideas, opinions. We will pass it on to whoever is in charge of the ministry to handle the demand ”, he informed the Mail former minister, senator and WG coordinator, Humberto Costa (PT-PE).

One of the concerns of committee members is how the anti-vaccination discourse interferes with the PNI’s vaccination targets, which are far below, especially childhood vaccination. For now, the combat strategy is to carry out a survey to identify the people responsible for the anti-vaccination narratives.

“There is a very strong concern to confront this type of narrative that exists today. Conducting a survey of which groups, people, someone who is a reference in disseminating misinformation about this vaccine issue is one of the objectives of the discussion”, explained Costa.

How to fight?

Sandra Sabino, executive secretary of the São Paulo Municipal Health Department, explains that the anti-vaccine discourse is strong in specific niches of society, especially in the upper and upper middle classes.

“It is a world trend that arrives through globalization in Brazil. Class D and E that use our units [do SUS] and public schools are vaccinated without any problem. We have to fight this constantly, fighting fake news, running constant multi-vaccination campaigns”, he pondered.

In the current government, the secretary details that the campaigns come out in small batches and were not broadcast by the mainstream media, in different formats, making the information reach a select group of society.

“This stopped impacting a lot of people, especially the parts of the population that do not use the SUS, because the public network continued the educational campaigns. It is essential to resume publicity campaigns at the federal level, which reach the country as a whole”, assured the specialist.


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