Bahia's confusing decree on compulsory vaccination

O governador da Bahia, Rui Costa: não é a primeira vez que usa de falta de clareza para impor o medoO governador da Bahia, Rui Costa: não é a primeira vez que usa de falta de clareza para impor o medo

The governor of Bahia, Rui Costa: this is not the first time that uses lack of clarity to impose fear
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I receive in the morning on the zap-zap, along with a good morning, the image of a decree by Governor Rui Costa saying “that the State can determine that citizens are compulsorily submitted to vaccination against COVID-19, imposing restrictive measures on those who refuse vaccination, therefore being closed the State to perform the immunization by force.”

I open the main newspaper of Bahia and find, on the main page, the information that the pets (sic) are “anxious and alone” with the end of home office

. I ask for more information through zap-zap and behold, the link with the complete decree arrives, that is, decree number 20968 of December 9, 14192848, published in the Official Gazette the following day. It also says “that the rights to life and health contemplated in arts. 5th, 6th and 196 all of the Federal Constitution shall prevail over freedom of conscience and individual philosophical conviction, as well as that compulsory vaccination is considered a collective health right, imposing on the public authorities the duty of vaccination, protection of the work environment, life and health of people regardless of their individual liberties.”

Let’s take a deep breath and read again the first excerpt. Cutting the frills, we have that the State can carry out compulsory vaccination, therefore

is prevented (“it’s closed”) from using force. It’s a formulation that doesn’t make any sense. It’s like saying “I like pudding a lot, so

, I will not order dessert”. The person does not know the meaning of “therefore”. Or he wrote it that way so that we read, we were scared, we didn’t understand and we thought that the police have government orders to grab people and put them under a needle. Worse: made for the police and nurses to think that’s it.

It wouldn’t be the first time that Rui Costa uses lack of clarity to impose fear. On social networks, he viralized the belief that in Bahia no one could enter a public hospital without a health passport. Wrote that “from the day /12, only persons who present proof of vaccination against #Covid214.” In fact, the decree prohibited the entry of visitors. Eight long hours later, he tweeted: “Let’s be clear about the previous tweet: only hospitalized patients who can prove vaccination against #Covid will be allowed to visit19. State hospitals will remain open to EVERYONE who needs medical assistance.”

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The denial reached few people. Friends with a doctorate continued to believe that only those who have been vaccinated enter a hospital. The press played the bass drum over the governor’s first tweet. Imagine, then, the situation of the common citizen who actually uses the public hospital. If he arrives sick at the hospital in all his unimportance and finds an equally uninformed doorman, what conditions will he have to protest? Let’s say he got one dose of the vaccine a short time ago and can’t get the second one. Then he dies or starves. But the overall effect is achieved: people will get the vaccine in order to enter the hospital.

In the frigir of eggs, it is a government that gives orders by tweets released by the press. The formal decrees only serve to get his off the line. In practice it is obliged; in the law, no. On the other hand, when the unfortunate person dies at the hospital door, his family, even if they don’t have the slightest ability to find legal means, will know who to mortally hate. (As I write this, Janaína Paschoal mentions in the Legislative Assembly of Bahia an old woman who is prevented from taking her medication from the SUS.)

It is interesting to note that the press preferred to show the face of a beagle needy instead of touching terror with the decree. The decree seems to have been made so that, when there is a problem, Rui Costa can act like João-sem-armo and blame the subordinates, saying that the use of force was “defensive”. But, as the thing might not work, he did his best to drag a lot of people with him: the decree has so much signature that it looks like a petition. And no big PT name; the only important name I recognize there is that of João Leão, the bigwig of Progressistas.

It is difficult to know what is happening in Bahia. Long before the decree that imposes a vaccination passport came out – even for children

– for intercity transport, pedestrians were hearing from health agents that it was necessary to take a vaccine in order to travel. They didn’t think the public agent was lying to them, but he was.

What I heard from sources

When you write in the newspaper and gain some confidence, people soon appear wanting to tell you things. It’s up to you to judge whether my sources are good or not.

Well then: I heard that Rui Costa is shaken by his parliamentary base, and that the atmosphere is tense between him and Jaques Wagner. Every now and then Rui Costa sets and reschedules votes for the sale of a mountain of state assets. When he wants to sell, he finds out he doesn’t have a vote and cancels. It should also be noted that a deputy from the base used to defend him tooth and nail on the issue of respirators never delivered today wash his hands.

This shift happened after the decree that prevents the use of municipal transport, which, as I explained, takes a pedestrian. It is possible that PT deputies have realized that they will never again win a single vote if they follow Rui Costa.

Another thing I heard is that Rui Costa wants to settle down with a certain “anti-corruption” people in the same way as Dilma. He would persecute the civil servants, the traditional PT electorate, and would irritate the whole of Bahia, in order to derail a candidate aligned with PT. In exchange, I would be free, light and loose, like Mrs. Rousseff. An “anti-corruption” candidate would enter its place.

It is worth emphasizing that compulsory vaccination, sanctioned by Bolsonaro in February, was drafted by Moro and Mandetta. It is she that Rui Costa is using to oppress the Bahians.

Rio versus to Bahia14192848We can say that Rio de Janeiro and Bahia have a similar culture, not very fond of the discipline. This irritates their disciplined neighbors from São Paulo and Pernambuco, who love to cultivate one-sided feuds. Cariocas and Bahians were not keen on getting the vaccine and received the most coercive legislation on breasts.

In the political realm, however, these similarities do not go very far. First, Rio de Janeiro is, in a way, more organized than Bahia. The population is concentrated in a megalopolis, the state territory is small and the people have been familiar with electricity for generations. And most importantly: expertise capital of the Portuguese Empire earned him a PhD in a very good way. If too many draconian laws are passed in Rio, it just means there will be a scheme, not enforcement.

In Bahia, the capital Salvador is demographically irrelevant and in general is against the state, except at the time of ACM. Bahia is aligned with the federal power (which is now the STF) and the votes that count to elect governor are the votes of the interior. To give you an idea, Salvador never elected PT mayor. And the left, at the time of the dictatorship, was always complaining about the loads of votes in the ARENA that came from the interior. Bahia is slightly larger than France and has its population spread across rural areas. There is not all that articulation that we see in Rio.

In Rio , even in the South Zone, I only remembered that I have a vaccine passport to enter a restaurant after leaving it. In Bahia, from what they tell me of interior (where there would be less chances of the law to catch), people are in fact being stopped at the bus station.

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