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Base text authorizes companies to immunize their employees; document goes to the Senate and needs presidential sanction to take effect

JOSÉ MARCOS / FRAMAR / ESTADÃO CONTENT – 03/06/2021According to the textp-base, companies will be able to buy immunizers authorized or registered by foreign health agencies recognized and certified by WHO

A Chamber of Deputies concluded the debate and approved on the afternoon of Wednesday, the 6th, the project that authorizes companies to buy vaccines against Covid-19 to immunize their employees. The base text also provides that, in addition to being able to purchase vaccines authorized by Anvisa, companies will be able to purchase immunizers authorized or registered by foreign health authorities recognized and certified by World Health Organization (WHO). Purchases made with laboratories that have already sold vaccines to the Ministry of Health “can only be agreed upon after full compliance and delivery of them” to the federal government.

On the other hand, the document requires that buyers donate to the Unified Health System (SUS) the same amount of acquired immunizers. In comparison to the current legislation, the main change introduced by the text is the permission for the private sector to start vaccination immediately – the current law authorizes the purchase of vaccines, but it establishes that the immunization of employees can only occur as soon as the entire priority group is vaccinated by THEIR. To carry out internal immunization, companies must follow the priority criteria established by the National Immunization Plan (PNI). If they fail to comply with the rules, buyers will have to pay a fine equivalent to 10 times the amount spent on the purchase of vaccines, without prejudice to the applicable administrative and criminal penalties.

The vote, which started last Tuesday, 6, ended with a score of 317 votes in favor and 120 against the project. Now, the text is going to be analyzed in the Senate and, later, it will need presidential sanction to take effect. In his social networks, the Mayor, Arthur Lira (PP-AL) defended the project by affirming the need to speed up vaccination in Brazil.

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