After the “sommelier” of vaccine and the “fura-fila”, Brazil is also facing the “third dose hunters”. At a time when not even half of the population received the first dose of any vaccine against covid-19, Public Prosecutors in seven states are monitoring cases of fraud in vaccination, according to a report by Jornal Extra.
The act of bypassing the queue to take a third dose can be considered fraud and embezzlement, which can lead to a fine and even deprivation of liberty.
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In Minas Gerais, the Public Ministry (MP) filed a lawsuit against a couple who were immunized three times – twice in Belo Horizonte and a third in Rio Novo, where they have a farm. In Viçosa, a man received two doses of CoronaVac and traveled to Rio to take a dose of AstraZeneca. In Guaxupé, a 75-year-old elderly man managed to obtain a court injunction to take a third dose – the injunction was suspended based on an appeal by the MP.
Although there are no studies that prove that a third dose is harmful to health, this is a practice that delays collective immunity and an act, at least, unethical.
A study by the Federal University of Alagoas (Ufal) found records that 29,570 people across Brazil received at least three doses of vaccine. However, there is evidence of errors in records in the Ministry of Health’s data, which can compromise the accuracy of the numbers, but not the frequency of practice.
São Paulo is the state that concentrates the largest number of cases in the Ufal survey: 4,870, followed by Paraná (2,689), Rio Grande do Sul (2,416) and Bahia (2,038).
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