Child immunization consultation questions are misleading

In addition, the shape utilized by the folder doesn’t observe the fundamental ideas of the LGPD (General Data Protection Law)

Larissa Garcia
Brasilia DF

The questions requested on the Ministry of Health’s public consultation on the vaccination of youngsters aged 5 to 11 towards Covid-19, opened this Friday (24), will be misleading and are biased, say specialists consulted by Folha.

Furthermore, the shape utilized by the folder doesn’t observe the fundamental ideas of the LGPD (General Data Protection Law). Sought, the ministry has not but responded on the issues identified by specialists. “The questions are biased, poorly formulated and have the target of making insecurity within the inhabitants. You cannot tabulate the solutions on the finish”, says pediatrician and infectious illness specialist Renato Kfouri.

“The consultation itself was completely directed, there isn’t any intention to know the opinion of the inhabitants. A survey will need to have a consultant pattern, aimed toward totally different social lessons, ages and areas. Only those that have entry can reply through the web, along with robots. The results of the ballot doesn’t present any data”, he provides.

In his standpoint, the matter shouldn’t be handled in public consultation, however in a technical scope. “It can be regrettable for the Ministry of Health to base its choices on folks’s opinions. For this, there’s a technical crew and the competent our bodies”, says Kfouri.

The director of the Brazilian Society of Immunizations (SBIm) Mônica Levi additionally factors out that the consultation raises ambiguous and unclear points, which might lead the participant to error. For her, the ballot goals to legitimize the federal government’s opinion on the topic. “It will not be a public consultation that goals to take heed to the inhabitants, the questions are extraordinarily tough and misleading. A big half doesn’t perceive the content material with the terminology used and these are questions that unfold, confused”, he says.

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Levi additionally states that the solutions will be manipulated within the unsuitable means in statistics as a result of they had been formulated in a doubtful means. “It leaves a number of doubts. If you, for instance, reply sure, evidently you are agreeing with the ministry, and in the event you mark no, evidently you are towards vaccination”, he analyzes.


The physician refers to query 14, during which the ministry asks “do you agree with the vaccination of youngsters from 5 to 11 years previous in a non-compulsory means, as proposed by the Ministry of Health?” “I do not even assume there needs to be public consultation, it is not a subject to be debated as a controversial challenge. Age infoncies need to assess effectiveness, efficacy and security and challenge pointers for immunization. There is not any controversy that’s not political”, emphasizes Levi.

The consultation additionally raised considerations relating to information safety. Many web customers complained on social networks that they managed to vote greater than as soon as with the identical CPF or inserting random numbers. “The consultation will be challenged in courtroom for not following primary parameters of information care. The most blatant is that it doesn’t have a acknowledged privateness coverage”, observes Fernanda Campagnucci, government director of Open Knowledge Brasil.

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The information administration specialist factors out that the survey doesn’t point out how the data of those that voted might be used. “It’s a clean examine you give when answering the shape. The company ought to say what it can use the info for, whether or not it’s for statistical functions solely, and the way lengthy it can take to delete the info. These parameters needs to be positioned in a privateness coverage in a clear method”, he emphasizes.

After three hours on the air, the general public consultation reached the utmost restrict for contributions, however the ballot returned to work shortly after. “Another drawback is the device’s limitation of fifty thousand respondents, it’s not recognized if one other kind with the identical restrict was opened”, emphasizes the specialist.


“Since 2014 there’s a authorities device established for public consultation, which has a single login, Participa+. It was re-released in February this 12 months and will have been used. Everything leads us to imagine that the consultation was improvised and that it goals to create a parallel movement of knowledge”, says Campagnucci.

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The kind, in line with her, collects extra data than vital and has no validation of knowledge, which additionally hurts the LGDP and makes room for robots to take part. “There are a number of rights violated on this public consultation, such because the deferred proper to well being, information safety, along with the shortage of transparency.”


  • Do you agree with non-compulsory vaccination in youngsters aged 5 to 11 as proposed by the Ministry of Health?
  • Do you agree that the good thing about vaccination towards COVID-19 for kids aged 5 to 11 years needs to be analyzed on a case-by-case foundation, with the presentation of the consent kind for folks or guardians being necessary?
  • Do you agree that the good thing about vaccination towards COVID-19 for kids aged 5 to 11 years needs to be analyzed, on a case-by-case foundation, being necessary the prescription of the vaccine by pediatricians or physicians accompanying the youngsters?
  • Do you agree with the prioritization, within the National Immunization Program, of youngsters aged 5 to 11 years with comorbidities thought of in danger for extreme COVID-19 and people with everlasting disabilities to start out vaccination?
  • Do you agree that the presentation of a vaccination card will not be obligatory for kids to attend colleges or different business institutions?


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