Brazilian President not allowed to attend a soccer match because he was not vaccinated against COVID-19

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was fined for not wearing a mask on his face during a visit to the city of Peruibe on the coast of the state of São Paulo, and was later not allowed to attend a soccer match without a COVID-19 vaccination, the Brazilian television channel Globo reported Sunday, October 10.

The president was walking around the city on Saturday, taking pictures with the locals. Throughout the walk he was without a mask, the wearing of which is still compulsory in the country and the city as a prevention of COVID-19.

“The mayor’s office claims to have fined him $500 for not wearing a face mask,” the television station reported.

Also that day, Bolsonaro was unable to attend the Brazilian championship soccer match between Santos and Gremio. He told reporters of his perplexity.

“I wanted to watch the Santos game, but I was told I had to be vaccinated. Why? I have more antibodies than those who were vaccinated,” he was quoted as saying.

Bolsonaro believes that the introduction of covid passports and restrictions in public places for the unvaccinated, which are in force in some Brazilian states, are unacceptable.

On August 20, the Brazilian president visited four cities in the Ribeira Valley: Iporanga, El Dorado, Itaoque and Ribeira. There, too, he was fined for repeatedly failing to comply with the recommendations of the health inspectorate.

In September, during the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Bolsonaro was not allowed into a traditional Brazilian restaurant without a coronavirus vaccination. But they agreed to enclose part of the sidewalk near the entrance with black curtains and place tables for the Brazilian delegation.