DOLE Legally Prohibits “NO VACCINE, NO WORK” Policy


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Vaccines have been a heated topic lately, not only in the Philippines but worldwide.

People all over the world have different views on why vaccines could be good or bad for anyone’s health.

The discussions between individuals are exciting and fascinating to follow and read. Both sides have shown a lot of scientific references to why they believe what they believe. And these are about the vaccines infected many years ago and used until today.

These days, the passionate exchanges have yet to change, especially with the current COVID-19 shots.

The common argument revolves around the effectiveness. Other citizens point out that it could be entirely useless as more than 97% recovers from the disease. But many do say that jabs are important for prevention, that’s the purpose of it after all. Some claim there are remedies cheaper and accessible, that governments should make use of it while waiting for more vaccines to arrive.

However, what many stakeholders would like to know here in the Philippines is that, will the COVID-19 vaccines become mandatory? The concerns have reached the citizens of the Republic of the Philippines of such action as there are leaders who are openly considering it.

For those who are inquisitive, here’s what you should know.

On March 12, 2021, the Department of Labor and Employment or DOLE, under the Labor Advisory No. 03-21 Guidelines on the Administration of COVID-19 Vaccines in the Workplaces, legally prohibits the “NO VACCINE, NO WORK” policy.

The department states that establishments and employers may encourage employees to get inoculated. Yet, if the employee refuses, they might be subject to discrimination in the workplace and that is unacceptable.

Read the complete advisory here:

As the COVID-19 shots are only under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), and fairly new needing more data on its effects. From FDA’s site, it states:

Under section 564 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act), when the Secretary of HHS declares that an emergency use authorization is appropriate, FDA may authorize unapproved medical products or unapproved uses of approved medical products to be used in an emergency to diagnose, treat, or prevent serious or life-threatening diseases or conditions caused by CBRN threat agents when certain criteria are met, including there are no adequate, approved, and available alternatives.

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