Sao Paulo Governor: COVID-19 vaccination will be compulsory for all residents

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Sao Paulo Governor Joao Doria has announced that the vaccination for coronavirus will be mandatory for all residents of the state.

The head of Brazil’s most populous state told reporters that immunization will start once the vaccine is authorized by the National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA).

“In Sao Paulo it will be mandatory, except for those with a medical note and a certificate stating that they cannot [take the vaccine],” Doria said, explaining that the state will adopt necessary regulations for the measure.

Local media reported that the Sao Paulo government hopes to have the Chinese CoronaVac vaccine approved by the regulator in time to start vaccination of medical staff in December. The trials are expected to be completed this weekend, with the results ready on Monday.

The governor’s statement quickly led to a spat with Brazil’s president.

Apparently reacting to Doria’s comments, President Jair Bolsonaro wrote on social media that the Health Ministry will provide vaccination “without making it mandatory.” He cited two laws saying that it is the job of the federal government to determine whether to carry out compulsory vaccination.

Bolsonaro, who recovered from Covid-19 in July, previously stated that “no one can …

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