House approves project that defines new priority groups in vaccination

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House approves project that defines new priority groups in vaccination


The Chamber approved on Wednesday afternoon (March 31, 2021) a bill (No. 1,011 of 2020) that prioritizes truck drivers, police officers and other groups in the vaccination line against covid-19.


The facade of the National Congress, Chamber and Senate, in Brasilia


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The facade of the National Congress, Chamber and Senate, in Brasilia


The initial proposal was to benefit only truck drivers and other professionals in the cargo and goods transport sector. The rapporteur, Celina Leão (PP-DF), accepted suggestions from colleagues and expanded the scope of the proposal.

The bill amends the law 14,124 of 2021, which has determinations on vaccination against coronavirus. Below, find out the priority groups provided by the text:

  • disabled people;
  • health professionals and employees who work in a hospital environment;
  • old people;
  • people with chronic diseases and those with pulmonary embolism;
  • Indian people;
  • truck drivers and other road freight transport drivers;
  • collective road passenger transport workers;
  • water and cargo transportation workers and passengers;
  • public and private security agents, as long as they are proven to be in external activity;
  • social workers and tutelary counselors who provide services to the public;
  • Basic education workers working in school environments;
  • undertakers, attendants and undertakers;
  • taxi drivers and motorcycle taxi drivers;
  • professionals working in pharmacies;
  • public cleaning professionals;
  • bailiffs.

The analysis of the highlights is still missing, excerpts voted separately. This means that the proposal can still be changed.

Then, the bill needs Senate approval and presidential sanction to take effect.

VACCINATION IN BRAZIL

The federal government’s vaccination data dissemination platform pointed out, at 5:55 pm on Wednesday, that 14.4 million people received the first dose of the immunizer, and 4.2 million received the second.

Vaccination is seen as the best way to control the pandemic and allow a safe return to a life close to normal.

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