Advances text on vaccine purchase by companies without donation to SUS – Prisma

Advances text on vaccine purchase by companies without donation to SUS – Prisma
Advances text on vaccine purchase by companies without donation to SUS – Prisma

Project in the Chamber of Deputies advances that deals with the possibility of acquiring vaccines against covid-19 by private initiative without donation of doses to SUS (Unified Health System).

The text was authored by federal deputy Hildo Rocha (MDB-MA) and was filed at the House on March 17. Currently, the purchase of vaccines by companies is authorized as long as the immunization is donated to the public system.

Initially, the Rocha project allowed the purchase of vaccines by the private sector without donation to SUS. Rocha argued that companies could deduct the amount spent on the purchase of immunizers in the Income Tax. In practice, the cost would still be shared with the population.

However, the project’s rapporteur, federal deputy Celina Leão (PP-DF), changed parts of the proposal. According to the preliminary report, the acquisition of vaccines by the private sector will be for the exclusive and free distribution, administration and immunization of its employees.

The rapporteur adds that private companies should donate to SUS the same amount of vaccines purchased to immunize employees. If the private sector does not want to donate the doses to SUS, companies may choose to immunize first-degree relatives of their employees. The IR exemption has also been lifted.

In his justification, Rocha defends the proposal to relieve SUS. Opposition parliamentarians are against the text, since it “disrespects” the established order of the vaccination schedule of the PNI (National Immunization Program) of the Ministry of Health.

The theme was defended by the Mayor, Arthur Lira (PP-AL), on Wednesday (31), during a press conference on the first meeting of the covid-19 pandemic response committee. “The project we announced today also provides for the vaccination of the direct relatives of employees of private companies that choose to purchase vaccines. The entrepreneur will also be able to donate one hundred percent of the vaccines to SUS ”, he said.

The preliminary report was presented on Wednesday (31) and is awaiting dispatch from the Board of Directors. Lira defended speed to the text, which must face resistance in the Legislative House. The intention, according to the rapporteur, is that the House will vote on the urgency for the project next Tuesday (6) and the merit, on Wednesday (7). Entities have been articulating for the approval of the proposal.

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