Health Secretary Francisco Duque III is of the opinion that there is no need to require employees to get COVID-19 vaccine first before they are allowed to physically report to work.
“Kung meron mang ganung panukala o mungkahi ay kinakailangan pag-aralan. Pero kung ako, hindi ako papayag na ‘no vaccine, no work’ policy,” he said in a presser during the vaccination program at the East Avenue Medical Center.
For the health chief, such policy is unnecessary because workers have been reporting to work even during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Association of Labor Unions echoed this and said they have received several complaints that some workers have been told by their superiors that they would not be allowed to report to work unless they participate in company-sponsored COVID-19 vaccination activities.
Another group of employees said they have been told that they would be required to present proof that they have been vaccinated against the virus before they could return to work.
The labor group called on the Department of Labor and Employment to intervene before the reported policies become the norm in the workplace.