President Jair Bolsonaro (without a party) said that the Ministry of Health is the one who will offer the vaccine against covid-19, but “without imposing or making vaccination mandatory”.
Despite not citing names, Bolsonaro’s post was a response to the statement by the governor of São Paulo, João Doria Jr., who stated earlier that vaccination against coronavirus would be mandatory throughout the state if approved by Anvisa (Agência Nacional Health Surveillance).
On social media, Bolsonaro cited two laws – numbers 13,979 / 2020 and 6,259 / 1975— and then stated that it is the federal government that will decide whether to impose vaccination or not.
“Despite the art. 3, item III, letter ‘d’, of Law 19.979 / 20, foresee that the public power may determine the mandatory vaccination, the federal government does not see the need to adopt such measures nor will it recommend its adoption by local managers, “wrote Bolsonaro.
“O MS [Ministério da Saúde] will offer vaccination, safely, without accommodation, at the appropriate time, after scientific proof and validated by Anvisa, however, without imposing or making vaccination “, he then added.
Doria had been repeating in recent weeks that she thought the obligation was correct, but had not yet officially announced the measure. According to the governor, only people with a medical certificate will be released from receiving the immunizer.
Doria also again attacked President Jair Bolsonaro (without a party), accusing him of “politicizing” the vaccine. The attacks face the threat of a lack of agreement between the São Paulo government and the Ministry of Health so that CoronaVac, a vaccine developed and tested by the Butantan Institute in partnership with the Chinese laboratory Sinovac, can be distributed in other states by SUS (Sistema Único of health). The definition, according to Doria, will take place at a meeting next Wednesday (21).
The São Paulo government’s idea is to have CoronaVac approved by Anvisa (National Health Surveillance Agency) in time to start vaccinating health professionals in December in the state. The tests are due to be completed this weekend and the results will be delivered to the agency on Monday.
“In São Paulo it will be mandatory, except for those who have medical advice and a certificate that they cannot take. And we will adopt legal measures if there is a contradiction in this regard,” said Doria during a press conference at Palácio dos Bandeirantes, in São Paulo.