Mandatory Covid-19 vaccination for on-site employees

IATF issued a resolution requiring on-site employees to get Covid-19 vaccination. The mandate depends on whether employees are eligible or not for the vaccine. Employees may continue to refuse to get the vaccine subject to them getting and paying for their own RT-PCR tests and, if not available, antigen tests.

1. Employees on-site required to have Covid-19 vaccination

It finally happened. Covid-19 vaccine has been required for employees working on-site.

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) issued Resolution No. 148-B, Series of 2021 (henceforth "IATF 2021-148-B"), dated 11 November 2021. In the Resolution, it required all establishments and employers - without exception - "to require eligible employees who are tasked to do on-site work to be vaccinated against Covid-19."

To quote the specific provision:

"A. In areas where there are sufficient supplies of COVID-19 vaccines as determined by the National Vaccines Operation Center (NVOC), all establishments and employers in the public and private sector shall require their eligible employees who are tasked to do on-site work to be vaccinated against COVID-19. x x x" (Emphasis supplied.)

a. Both private and public

Since the Resolution indicated all establishments and employers, without providing for an exception, this means that this applies to both the private and public sectors.

b. For eligible employees

The phrase "eligible employees" should be careful...

 



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