The rise of ‘vaccine sommeliers’ in Brazil

Thanks to waves of misinformation and vaccine skepticism spread on Brazilian social media, many citizens are now reluctant to take AstraZeneca or Sinovac immunizers, potentially compromising the country's vaccination efforts

vaccine sommelier Brazilians are foregoing Sinovac and AstraZeneca shots to look for a Pfizer jab. Photo: Fabrício Costa/Futura Press/Folhapress)
Brazilians are foregoing Sinovac and AstraZeneca shots in search of Pfizer jabs. Photo: Fabrício Costa/Futura Press/Folhapress)

Despite a recent spurt in Covid-19 vaccinations administered, Brazil remains some distance away from a satisfactory immunization status. Among G20 nations, Brazil ranks 11th in terms of doses given per 100 residents and 12th when it comes to the share of the population that is fully vaccinated.

However, among a significant part of Brazilian citizens, the pressing concern is not about getting as many jabs in arms as possible, it is about the potential side effects and efficacy of the immunizers available — principally the AstraZeneca and Sinovac vaccines.

A growing number of Brazilians are refusing to...

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