The City Hall of Single islandin the interior of São Paulo, fired three public servants who did not present proof of vaccination against the virus Covid-19, after an administrative process opened last year. The dismissals were published last week in the Official Gazette of the municipality, which is 674 km from the capital.
To the Estadãothe mayor of the city, Otávio Gomes (PSD), said that during the critical time of the pandemic, employees stated that they could not receive doses of the vaccine for health reasons, but they did not prove the situation. “Servants claimed that they had a reason not to take it. And it was passed on to the legal department and resulted in their dismissal,” she reported. The case is not yet considered closed. According to the head of the municipal Executive, the three dismissed should seek justice to try to get their positions back.
Of the three now former employees, two are teachers, while the third worked as an administrative agent. In February 2022, the Ilha Solteira City Hall published a determination for all employees to present proof of vaccination against the disease. The measure aimed to return to in-person work in municipal public departments.
The lack of proof of vaccination, therefore, caused employees to accumulate absences, according to a note released by the city hall. “During this period, three municipal employees refused to take the vaccine, nor did they present acceptable medical justifications. Therefore, they were unable to enter municipal public buildings, accumulating absences from work that exceeded the maximum allowed by law”, said an excerpt from the note.
According to data from the Government of São Paulo, 78,437 doses of vaccine against Covid-19 were administered in Ilha Solteira alone. The data comes from the “Vacinometer” platform, from the São Paulo government, updated in the early afternoon of this Saturday, 18. Ilha Solteira has 25,549 inhabitants, according to data from the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE).
Across the state, 140.5 million doses have been administered to date. Of these, 46.2 million applications were of the immunizer Pfizerwhile 37.1 million doses were from Coronavac.
Read the full note from Ilha Solteira City Hall
During the coronavirus pandemic, a decree was published prohibiting people from entering municipal public offices if they did not present a vaccination card with the vaccine against covid-19 or an (acceptable) justification for non-vaccination, to the Covid Committee .
During this period, three municipal employees refused to take the vaccine, nor did they provide acceptable medical reasons. Therefore, they were unable to enter municipal public buildings, accumulating absences from work that exceeded the maximum allowed by law.
Due to the accumulation of absences, administrative disciplinary proceedings were initiated to investigate the facts. After regular processing, it culminated in their dismissal, as required by law.