The mayor of Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil, put into operation the “vaccine passport” against the coronavirus, which will be required from neighbors and tourists to enter public spaces.
The Official Gazette of the Municipality published this Wednesday the decree, signed by Mayor Eduardo Paes, which establishes the obligation to present proof of immunization in clubs, theaters, cinemas, gymnastics academies and tourist places.
Restaurants, bars and shopping malls were excluded from the requirement to show a “passport”.
Rio de Janeiro is the “epicenter” of the spread of the Delta strain, which contaminated 6 out of 10 new patients with coronavirus, according to Paes.
Cariocas and tourists who visit the Marvelous City may enter public places even if a single dose of the vaccines was applied, as long as the deadline for the second dose has not expired.
The first test to examine the supervision of the authorities will take place on Wednesday night when the doors of the Maracanã stadium will be opened for the fans who attend the match between the popular Flamengo and Gremio, for the Brazil Cup
In July there were people who they did not present their proof of vaccination at the Maracana when the final of the Copa América was played between the Brazilian and Argentine teams.
Along with the “vaccine passport” promulgated by the mayor, the Municipal Chamber approved a law that established a 1,000 reais fine for those who falsify the certificate.
Likewise, the “elusive” will be fined, who are citizens who go to health posts to get vaccinated, but once the certificate is received they leave the place without being immunized.
Rio de Janeiro also established the requirement of proof of vaccination for people who want to undergo elective surgeries both in public and private hospitals, for municipal officials and for those who receive some type of social subsidy.
In search of more vaccinated
Rio, the first regional capital of Brazil to impose this measure, announced the restriction on August 27 with the intention not only to further slow the expansion of the pandemic but also to incentivize vaccination, mainly among thousands of people who have not come for the second dose of the immunizer.
According to the Mayor’s Office, at least 212,000 people over 50 years of age did not attend within the established deadline for the application of the second dose and another 166,000 people over 18 years old did not show up at the immunization posts or for the first.
Although the numbers of deaths and hospitalizations due to COVID have been falling in Rio de Janeiro since May as in all of Brazil, the city it is still the second most affected by the pandemic in the country, only surpassed by Sao Paulo, and it became the epicenter of the delta variant.
Brazil, with about 588,000 deaths and just over 21 million infected, is the second country in the world in number of victims and the third in cases, after the United States and India.
And Rio, the second largest city in the country (6.7 million inhabitants), is the second most affected by the pandemic in Brazil, with 32,895 deaths and 460,999 cases since the beginning of the crisis. Rio has a number of deaths similar to that of countries like Ecuador and Hungary.
The advance in vaccination was what prevented the increase in infections from being reflected in hospitalizations and deaths. The average number of deaths from COVID in Rio it became 127 daily in April, at the peak of the second wave of the pandemic, but that average fell to 60 a day in August.
With information from the EFE and ANSA agency