Analysis: Can You Be Forced to Take a Vaccine? What Is Brazilian Law on Obligatory Vaccinations

As much as President Bolsonaro insists no one can force a vaccination, and as much as he refers to rights to freedom as provided for in the Constitution, the supremacy of public interest is enshrined in Brazilian jurisprudence.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The COVID-19 vaccine ought to be obligatory for everyone, said São Paulo governor, João Doria, this week on a live CNN-Brazil interview, claiming that the Chinese COVID-19 vaccine currently in third-phase trials scheduled to conclude October 15 should be obligatory to all residents of the state.

Can he do that?

Well, there is disagreement from the highest levels. President Jair Bolsonaro, has said loudly “ninguém pode obrigar ninguém” — no one can force anyone to take a COVID-19 vaccine.

“I want to respectfully disagree with that position,” responded . . .

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