Last week, in a session without debate, Senators were approved on board and unanimously adopted a new standard to guarantee the gratuitousness and compulsory nature of the vaccines. What are the most important points?
The new Vaccinlag, a project of authorship of Tucumano deputy Pablo Yedlin, received 60 positive votes, will replace Law 22 909, which originates from the time of the military dictatorship, and updates the regulation for guarantee new controls and give the state the responsibility to keep the vaccination schedule updated and promote its effective compliance.
The new law explains "Vaccination of national interest, understood as such for research, epidemiological surveillance, decision-making based on evidence, acquisition, storage, distribution and provision of vaccines, cold chain protection as well as its production.
Thus free access to vaccination services "with social capital for all stages of life", the obligation to apply vaccines for all residents, and the presence of public health over the special interest, among other principles.
"This is good news for public health, a project that became a team of less than a year, a federal team, with technical consensus and backed by all neighborhoods in the national congress," he explained. Infobae Dr. Carla Vizzotti, President of the Argentine Society for Vaccinology and Epidemiology (SAVE).
He added: "The new standard provides a vaccination program, a vision and components of the most developed vaccine programs at present times, as it makes it possible to update the legal framework, modernize it and consider the enormous advances in vaccination in general and Argentina's immunization program in particular. "
For the specialist in health prevention, this new team is nothing more and no less than a good opportunity "for the national state, provinces, municipalities, health clubs, health centers, society and media for communication to empower and take it as its own to promote public access to vaccines. "
The new teams' contributions are numerous and concrete. Firstly, it confirms the vaccination as a state policy, where vaccines are still free and mandatory, as always. Additionally, it is added that the national state is responsible for acquiring the necessary assets for vaccination and giving them to the 24 jurisdictions.
"It also explains vaccination for all stages of life and all components of Immunization program dand national interest. It also defines vaccination as a social good and determines the existence of public health over the private interest, "stressed Vizzotti.
Legislation also establishes mandatory vaccination of health and laboratory staff, benefits health care administration for exemption from taxes on vaccines and provides legal advice to external advisory committees CONAIN (Immunization Commission) and CoNaSeVa (National Vaccine Safety Commission).
Another article states that "the persistence of the vaccine application, with the employer's prior approval, justifies the absence of work from the date of application". "Under no circumstances will there be any loss or reduction of salaries, wages or awards for this concept," adds the law.
National vaccination calendar will be required for procedures such as access and end of school year. Exercise of medical examinations for work. processing or renewal of DNI, passport, residence permit, certificate and driving license and family allowance treatment.
So far, the requirement that the vaccines are relevant only for children and their certificates were compulsory for enrollment in schools. But with the modification, Now adults, depending on their age, will also need the document to implement these procedures. The update of the law also determines the compensation of the vaccination and its tax exemption. "The state must guarantee the purchase of vaccines and deliveries," the text says.
It was also established that the document that will be presented is so-called Unique vaccination card (CUV), where mandatory vaccination registers must be kept and it must generate access to the vaccines for the population. The card will be issued by authorities competent to apply vaccines, such as hospitals (public and private) and pharmacies. It will also be required to process family allowances and surveys. The law clarifies among several things that "the lack of compliance with the established presentation will not be an obstacle to the prosecution."
From the personal register, an agency reporting to the Interior Ministry, they told Infobae that they will not be prevented from being treated because they do not have a vaccine certificate. Article 13 of the Law clarifies when it says: "In a way that benefits the population's access to vaccination at all stages of life without preventing these procedures from being completed."
As explained, adults will be asked to apply hepatitis B and double bacterial adults. Those born after 1965 include tripleviruses (measles, hip and rubella). Those who exceed this age should be given anti-influenza and pneumococcal.
At the same time, a national register for the digitally vaccinated population will be established, which will receive information on vaccination status for all residents of the country. and also a national register for possible vaccination.
The regulation states that vaccines can only be used in plants approved by the Ministry of Health. And fines are imposed for vacciners who commit violations, for example refusing to apply a vaccine, forgery of CUV, intention to pay for a vaccine or to use a vaccine at an unlicensed site.
The sanctions to be applied in the case are a warning, fine adjustable between 10 and 100 minimum wages, vital and mobile; and defer with up to one year.
Finally, the distribution of free media spreads in the media constitutes the federal media and public content system. And also on August 26, each year, is established as a national vaccination day, Albert Sabin's birthday, acknowledging his enormous task, effort, and daily commitment to getting vaccines to every corner of our country. And the number in Eventual Vaccinator is created.
From production to cash access
Juan Martín Meli, General Manager of Sanofi Pasteur for Southern Cone, is explained to Infobae the importance of the new norm that has to be regulated to make it effective.
"As a partner in public health in Argentina for 40 years, we are very pleased with this initiative, it is a confirmation of what we have done: to defend vaccination as a good instrument for saving lives. Position and clarify that it is a social good and a priority for Argentina, says Meli.
Regarding the availability of vaccines, now reinforced by law, Meli indicated that the laboratories, through the United States Health Organization's Revolution Fund, provide vaccines to the states.
"The development of a vaccine takes about 10 years. And its production takes about 2 years. This productive process commits us to anticipate availability and correct distribution in advance. It is a coordination that must be done with great foresight. Planning is extremely important, and this team helps to make this a reality, says Meli.
But he warned: "The supply of vaccines is not sufficient. Access to vaccination is equal or more important than to have the vaccine itself. Communicators, vaccination centers, professionals, NGOs, the state and other actors must coordinate access to vaccination. Otherwise we have access to vaccines, but the population has no access. The vaccines have expired and are thrown away. Therefore, it is necessary to be very effective when it comes to vaccination. And this team is an important part of achieving it. "