Panel SA: Vaccine passport requirement in Diadema generates protests in commerce


The requirement for a vaccine passport against Covid determined by the Diadema City Hall for a month became the target of anti-vaccination groups and protests from traders.

For the president of the Commercial and Business Association of Diadema, José Roberto Malheiro, customers end up going shopping in neighboring cities, such as São Paulo and São Bernardo do Campo, when they do not have proof of vaccination to present.

“It’s a way of forcing vaccination, but they could campaign and ask for help from traders. In economic terms, it’s terrible. Many businesses are struggling to get back on their feet. The decree came at an inappropriate time”, says Malheiro.

This Thursday (10), the city hall backed down from the requirement for supermarkets after meeting with Apas (São Paulo association of supermarkets), which committed to adopting campaigns to encourage vaccination in the municipality. With relaxation, the vaccine passport will only be mandatory in the food courts of establishments.

According to the city hall, the requirement, which started on the 3rd of this month, has already reduced by 17% the number of people over 12 years old who had not started immunization against the coronavirus.

Until this Thursday (10), Diadema reached 94.6% of the adult population with a complete vaccination schedule and more than 151 thousand people with the booster dose, including the population of the city and residents of other municipalities.

Joana Cunha with andressa Motter and Ana Paula Branco

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