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Require a jab for “legal” work

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Companies now have a legal basis to require their workers to be vaccinated, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said Thursday, citing the government’s pandemic guidelines for establishments operating below alert level 3. In an interview On ANC’s headstart, the labor chief said in accordance with guidelines set by the Interagency Working Group for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF), establishments such as restaurants and other service providers can operate at 30% of their internal capacity as long as all their workers are fully immunized. “There is an obligation on the part of the employer that his workers must be vaccinated. They can demand that their employees get the jab because there is now a legal basis, ”Bello said. Bello released the statement when asked if employers can fire unvaccinated employees, as capacity expansion will only be allowed at multiple establishments if all of their workers are fully vaccinated. The DOLE chief also said employers can now also withhold employee wages under the IATF Alert Level 3 resolution, even if workers’ groups say this is unconstitutional. Prior to the IATF resolution, Bello said a “no vaccine, no pay” policy was illegal. In contrast, the Palace said a law is needed to make COVID-19 vaccination a requirement for employees. Malacañang maintained Thursday that a law was needed to make COVID-19 vaccination a requirement for employees. “We need a law making vaccination compulsory among job seekers,” Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in Filipino. was echoed by Bello, who said employers can use the government’s task force resolution that only allows companies with fully vaccinated staff to operate below Alert Level 3 as a legal basis for such a requirement. Pressed if compulsory vaccination for employees is feasible given that the government’s vaccination has yet to meet its goal of delivering 500,000 doses of vaccine per day, Roque said, the pace of vaccination is expected to accelerate with improving vaccine supply. “We are speeding up our vaccination because we no longer have a supply problem. . The vaccine supply is plentiful and we are pouring it into regions 3, 4A and other provinces, ”he said.

At last count, the Philippines administered 53,838,248 doses. Of these, 28,961,359 received the first doses while 24,876,889 received the full doses. Earlier, Galvez said companies were free to hire only vaccinated workers. “It is the prerogative of companies to hire, train, promote and fire employees,” he said. His statement runs counter to that of Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra who said business owners cannot refuse employment to people who have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19. Guevarra warned that this would violate Article 12 of Republic Law No.115251 or the COVID-19 Vaccination Program Law of 2021, which states that “vaccination cards are not to be considered a additional mandatory requirement for education, employment and other similar governments. for transaction purposes. Galvez, however, insisted that the next round of the battle against the pandemic will involve those who are not vaccinated, who he says “will become the responsibility and weakness of the state in our fight against COVID- 19 ”. “They are the burden that we must carry in this long battle,” he said. “Why hire people who do not accept the moral responsibility of the company? The private sector has its own rules. If the candidate does not follow the rules, he or she will be automatically disqualified, “Galvez said. Meanwhile, the chairman of the House of Representatives Labor and Employment Committee on Thursday rejected making vaccination a mandatory condition to work. no job “policy requiring that a person be vaccinated in order to earn a living was a mistake. “Although I am in favor of vaccination so that we can achieve collective immunity, I do not think it should be forced on our people. Restricting access to a livelihood on the basis of their choice not to not get vaccinated is a violation of his basic right to choose, his right to free will. My body, my decision, “Pineda said. He said he believed neither the government nor an employer should be able to to dictate what individuals should do to their bodies.

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