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Bruno Pacheco – Cenarium Magazine

MANAUS – The Federal Universities of Amazonas (Ufam) and Pará (UFPA) overturned, on the afternoon of Thursday, 30, the veto of the Minister of Education, Milton Ribeiro, which prohibited the Federal Education Institutions of Brazil to require the “vaccine passport” for the return of classroom educational activities. In a statement, the two largest university centers in the North of the country confirmed that the presentation of the Covid-19 vaccination card will remain mandatory.

The Ministry of Education’s action meets the wishes of President Jair Bolsonaro (PL), who has attacked the measures proposed by the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) and minimized the importance of being vaccinated against Covid-19, amid the advance of the Ômicron variant throughout the country, even with health authorities around the world recommending immunization.

Vetoing the vaccine passport in federal institutions, however, is not an option for Ufam and UFPA. The university’s decision, taken by the University Council (Consuni/Ufam), considers the “national and regional epidemiological picture and the vaccine situation at Ufam”, whose opinion was unanimously approved by the Internal Committee of Confrontation to Covid-19.

The measure is valid for all faculty, students, technical-administrative and outsourced, as well as for all those who require access to services offered by the university. The meeting was chaired by the acting dean of Ufam, Professor Therezinha Fraxe, and the rapporteur was Professor Edson de Oliveira Andrade.

Science

In UFPA, the rectory of the institution remembers, in an official note, the fight against the new coronavirus pandemic since the virus appeared, based on national and international scientific knowledge, which led the university to suspend classroom activities, at different times of Covid-19, and ensured the full return to the classroom.

Still according to the UFPA, it was also based on science that the Superior Council of Administration of the university decided, on December 14 this year, to require the vaccine passport to all people in the community. In the statement, the institution criticizes the requirement of the Ministry of Education and informs that, at no time, it explains the scientific basis of the authorization to attend classes by people who refuse vaccination.

“In respect for science, university autonomy and commitment to the defense of life, UFPA will continue to require students and employees to present proof of vaccination and will seek to implement the additional measures provided for in Resolution 1533/2021 of the Higher Administrative Council,” UFPA announced.

Check out the full note here.