“I have decided not to take the vaccine any longer. I see new studies, my immunity level is at its peak. I am going to get the vaccine for what? It would be the same as playing the $ 10 lottery for earn $ 2. It’s inappropriate, ”he said on Tuesday.
Bolsonaro argued that Brazilians have the right not to be vaccinated, declaring: “For me, (it is) freedom above all else. If a citizen does not want to be vaccinated, it is his right and c ‘is all.”
Bolsonaro’s remarks come as the Brazilian population shows major support for the vaccine. According to Johns Hopkins University, Brazil has fully vaccinated about 47% of its population and according to Our World In Data, 72% of the population has received at least one dose.
Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa Etienne said on Wednesday: “In Brazil we have seen the impact of weekend immunization campaigns and vaccine champions to encourage all. those eligible to be vaccinated. These and other tailor-made strategies will be essential in reaching those we have yet to reach. “
Bolsonaro has been fiercely criticized at home for his handling of Covid-19 and his long-standing reluctance to impose public health precautions.