BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:02 P.M.) – Hundreds of people queued outside medical centres to receive vaccinations for yellow fever in Rio de Janeiro on Monday. This came after a death from the virus in the state last week which put the area on high alert.
The government initiated the statewide vaccination programme after two confirmed cases of yellow fever – one fatal; but limited capacity has caused medical centres to be stretched.
“We waited a week to get a vaccine, went to different hospitals, and could not get it yet,” Ana Magalhaes, a local waiting to get a vaccination, said.
“We fear an outbreak of yellow fever here in Rio,” she continued.
“There has been the first case of yellow fever here in Rio, and I have to travel this week. I want to take the vaccine because of the outbreak and it does not seem to be under control,” Liciane Pinto Correia, another civilian, explained.
“There are few vaccines, like in my case I live in the city of Niteroi, and over there are no more vaccines, they finished last week, and I came to get it here in Rio, because they don’t have a set date to have vaccines in my town,” Correia concluded.