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(LifeSiteNews) — Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro said he will not get vaccinated because he already has the “highest immunization” after recovering from COVID-19 in July 2020.

Speaking to Jovem Pan Radio on Tuesday night, Bolsonaro told listeners he had looked at new studies and has decided against getting the shot. He had previously stated he would be “the last Brazilian” to get the abortion-tainted vaccine.

“I decided not to take the vaccine anymore. I’m seeing new studies … I already have the highest immunization. I am going to get the vaccine for what?” he asked. “It would be the same thing as playing $10 in the lottery to win $2. It doesn’t make sense.”

The president’s sentiments mirror those already expressed by medical experts like Dr. Peter McCullough, who told LifeSiteNews in August that “natural immunity is the best of all forms of immunity” and “under no circumstances” should a recovered patient get a COVID jab.

66-year-old Bolsonaro also mentioned vaccine passports during the interview, insisting freedom should be prioritized in cities that had introduced the coercive measure.

“For me, freedom comes before everything else. If a citizen doesn’t want to get vaccinated, that’s his right and that’s the end of it,” Bolsonaro said.

The president of Brazil, who ate pizza on a New York street last month after being turned away from a restaurant, was also refused entry to a Santos FC soccer match last week because he is not vaccinated, and pointed out during Tuesday’s interview that while he isn’t entirely against the shots, the demand that everyone get vaccinated seems to be financially motivated.

“I’m not against immunization. In December last year I signed a provisional decree for BRL 20 billion to buy it [vaccines] and now practically everyone has had at least the first dose,” he explained. “Now, demanding the vaccine, this feels like a market thing.”