Both the professional applying the dose and the immunized person may be penalized
Law published this Saturday, 13, in the Official Gazette of the State of São Paulo, determines that whoever fails to comply with the priority groups’ vaccination order – the so-called ‘queue breakers’ -, according to the chronological phase defined in the state and national plans of vaccination against Covid-19, will be penalized with a fine that can reach almost R $ 100 thousand. Both the professional applying the dose and the immunized person may be fined. In the case of the public agent responsible for applying the vaccine, the fine is estimated at R $ 24,726.50. The penalty also falls to the hierarchical superiors, if the order or consent is proven. For the immunized, or the legal representative, the fine may be up to R $ 49,453. The value doubles and reaches R $ 98,906.00 if the person who received the vaccine is a public agent.
The bill authored by deputies Heni Ozi Cukier (Novo) and Gilmaci Santos (Republicans) was approved by the Legislative Assembly of the State of São Paulo (Alesp) last Thursday, 11, and sanctioned, with some vetoes, on Friday by Governor João Doria (PSDB). Among the sections that were vetoed, two deal with the removal of the health professional who disrespects the chronological order provided for in the immunization plans, including the possibility of terminating the contract and exoneration, and another determines the penalty of removal of the professional, if he is the holder elective. After the sanction of the law, there is no regulation to define who will apply the fines. The amounts collected must be directed to the State Health Fund.