Monday, November 29

Brazil’s Supreme Court recognizes refusal to vaccinate against COVID-19 as grounds for dismissal

▲ Corona 19 vaccination certificate used in Brazil

Brazil’s federal Supreme Court has ruled that refusal to vaccinate against COVID-19 is grounds for dismissal.

According to Brazilian media, Supreme Court Justice Luis Roberto of Bajo suspended an executive order from the Ministry of Employment and Labor stating that workers should not be fired for not being vaccinated against COVID-19.

As a result, employers can require employees to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19, and if they refuse to do so, they can be fired.

However, this does not apply to those who have a doctor’s note not to vaccinate for reasons such as disease treatment.

According to the Ministry of Employment and Labor on the 1st, “Employers are prohibited from requesting a certificate of vaccination against COVID-19 when concluding an employment contract with an employee or maintaining an existing employment, and only the person concerned can decide whether to receive the vaccine.” An executive order was issued.

This reflects President Jair Bolsonaro’s opposition to mandatory vaccination and the introduction of vaccine passports.

However, opposition parties and local governments have opposed the need to make vaccinations mandatory to control COVID-19, and the Supreme Court of Bajo’s ruling accepted this argument.

Following the dismissal of three public officials for failing to comply with mandatory COVID-19 vaccination measures at the end of last month, the São Paulo city authorities have required them to submit a vaccination certificate when hiring new civil servants.

Meanwhile, the cumulative number of confirmed cases so far is 21,39,196, and the cumulative death toll is 610,491.

Compared to the previous day, the number of confirmed cases increased by 14,598 and the death toll by 267.

(Photo=provided by Agencia Brazil, state-run news agency, Yonhap News)

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