Small groups of protesters gathered in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro on Sunday, November 1, to denounce a controversial coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine. Demonstrations were reported in the downtown area of Sao Paulo, and on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro. President Jair Bolsonaro is reportedly encouraging the rejection campaign against any mandate for the taking of a COVID-19 vaccine, against the advice of most health professionals.
Further associated demonstrations are possible in urban centers across the country. Localized disruptions and heightened security are likely at protest sites.
Those in Brazil are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all protests as a precaution, and heed any directives issued by local authorities.