Bello: COVID-19 vaccination only required among biz allowed to operate under Alert Level 3

The DOLE chief cites a provision of an IATF resolution that says only workers in establishments allowed to operate under Alert Level 3 are required to be inoculated.

10/21/2021 7:20:00 PM

The DOLE chief cites a provision of an IATF resolution that says only workers in establishments allowed to operate under Alert Level 3 are required to be inoculated.

The DOLE chief cites a provision of an IATF resolution that says only workers in establishments allowed to operate under Alert Level 3 are required to be inoculated.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 22) —The Department of Labor and Employment has set the record straight on the issue of requiring COVID-19 vaccination among workers.Speaking to CNN Philippines’ The Final Word, Secretary Silvestre Bello III said there is “no such thing as mandatory vaccination” and there is no law requiring employees to have COVID-19 shots.

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When asked if the resolution by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the implementation of Alert Level 3 in Metro Manila can be a basis to not pay and even terminate unvaccinated workers, the DOLE chief said, “[n]o that is not correct.”The DOLE chief also cited a provision of the resolution that says only workers in establishments allowed to operate are required to be inoculated.

He explained: “There is no mandatory vaccination of workers except in the case of workers in the restaurant industry, where workers in the restaurant should be vaccinated in order to allow the restaurant to operate in the case of al fresco with the capacity of 50% or more, provided that workers are vaccinated. That’s the requirement.” headtopics.com

Under the said provision, some businesses, like tourist attractions, amusement parks, cinemas, and restaurants, and activities are permitted at maximum of 30% indoor venue capacity for fully vaccinated individuals and 50% outdoor venue capacity.READ:Metro Manila eases to Alert Level 3 until end-October

The IATF resolution states that they can be allowed to operate “provided, that all workers/employees of these establishments are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.”Early Thursday, Bello was quoted in reports saying that employers could now fire unvaccinated employees since the said provision obligates employers to ensure that their staff are immunized against COVID-19.

He said in the interview that this"is a case of misinformation." Moreover, vaccination should not be made mandatory in the future, he said.In Read more: CNN Philippines »

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