Group supports prohibiting 'no vaccine, no work policy'

Published October 14, 2021, 8:47 PM

by Analou de Vera

(FILES) In this file photo Medical workers load syringes with the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine to be administered by nurses at a vaccination site at Kedren Community Health Center, in South Central Los Angeles, California on February 16, 2021. (AFP/MANILA BULLETIN)

A group of medical doctors and private citizens expressed its support to the current guidelines of the government prohibiting “no vaccine, no work policy.”

The Concerned Doctors and Citizens of the Philippines (CDC Ph) said the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) should “enforce its current guidelines prohibiting employers from mandating vaccinations as a prerequisite for employment.”

“CDC Ph supports the current policy of DOLE prohibiting companies from imposing no vaccine, no work policies,” said CDC Ph President Dr. Homer Lim.

“It’s clear that DOLE saw early on that vaccine mandates are a form of discrimination in the workplace,” he added.

Last March, the DOLE released Labor Advisory 03-21 which states that while employers may encourage employees to get vaccinated, “any employee who refuses or fails to be vaccinated shall not be discriminated against in terms of tenure, promotion, training, pay and other benefits, or terminated from employment. No vaccine, no work policy shall not be allowed.”