Brazilian court authorizes punishment for refusal to vaccinate against COVID-19

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Brazilian court authorizes punishment for refusal to vaccinate against COVID-19

Brazilian nurse holding a dose of the Chinese vaccine CoronaVac

Brazil was allowed to punish people for refusing to get vaccinated against coronavirus. The corresponding decision was made by the Supreme Court of the country, reports the Folha edition.

The penalty for refusing to be vaccinated will be bans on public places or certain activities. “In a country like Brazil, where nearly 200,000 people have died from COVID-19, preserving the life and health of individuals and society as a whole is paramount. When discussing this topic, it is impermissible to slip into demagogy, hypocrisy, ideological disputes, obscurantism, pre-election political debates and, most importantly, ignorance, ”one of the judges said.

Thus, vaccination against coronavirus could actually become mandatory if the Brazilian authorities enact relevant laws at the national or local level. At the same time, the court emphasized that no one would be forcibly vaccinated. Vaccination without the person's consent was considered a violation of the constitution.

According to the latest data, 7,110,434 people have contracted the coronavirus in Brazil since the start of the pandemic. More than 184,000 people have died from complications from the disease.

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