The Court of Justice of Santa Catarina last night suspended the preliminary injunction that allowed a teacher from Gaspar, a city located 120 km from Florianópolis, not to be vaccinated against covid-19.
A municipal decree made proof of vaccination mandatory for all education workers, and anyone who refused without justification could face sanctions.
Judge Denise de Souza Luiz Francoski, who signs the piece, emphasizes that the danger of not getting vaccinated is evident, given the risk of infection and transmission by those who have not yet been vaccinated, the Santa Catarina scenario in relation to the delta variant and national mobilization by mass vaccination.
According to her, the initial petition preserves the individual’s right to liberty at the expense of the collective protection inherent to the right to life, which cannot be admitted. The teacher can still appeal the decision.
Before, the substitute judge Cibelle Mendes Beltrame, of the 2nd Civil Court of the District of Gaspar, considered that the teacher presented just cause for refusing to receive the vaccine, since “she presented an exam that proves immunity against the coronavirus”.
However, health experts say that even those who have already caught the disease and developed antibodies need to be vaccinated, because it is not yet known for sure how long the immunity resulting from the contagion lasts. Vaccines are proven effective against covid, primarily helping to prevent severe cases of the disease from developing.
The magistrate also questioned the effectiveness of the vaccines and said they are “still in the study phase”. All immunizing agents in use in the country have been tested and approved by Anvisa (National Health Surveillance Agency).
Vaccines have been tested and approved by Anvisa
Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March last year, Brazil has registered 594,246 deaths and 21,340,776 cases of the disease. The data are from the consortium of press vehicles of which UOL is part. Among the high numbers, experts agree that if the government had acted in advance for the arrival of vaccines in the country, thousands of lives would have been saved.
Immunization against covid-19 is the main tool to fight the disease. Before a vaccine is applied in the population, they are extensively tested in three phases and, after reaching a minimum level of 50% of overall efficacy, the immunizers are authorized for use in the population.
In Brazil, all vaccines used against the virus were approved by Anvisa (National Health Surveillance Agency). Currently, the country has completely immunized 86.8 million people, which corresponds to 40.71% of the population.