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Mandatory vax for specific workers mulled

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The Department of Labor and Employment will look into suggestions to make vaccinations for Covid-19 mandatory for specific workers, including those involved in the manufacturing and business process outsourcing (BPO) enterprises.

According to Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion, he already received a reply from Secretary Silvestre Bello III in his letter urging the Labor department to make such orders, saying “We will study your suggestion.”

In his letter to Bello, Concepcion explained that the mandatory vaccination of specific workers is intended to complement the government’s initiatives in saving lives and safely reviving the economy, especially the sectors that have been badly hit by the pandemic.

“We must protect the unvaccinated and protect all workers and jobs at all costs. If we require fully vaccinated customers in our businesses, the more reason we need to require labor-intensive workers and economic front liners to be fully vaccinated too,” he stressed.

Concepcion has also proposed mandatory vaccinations for those who interact directly with customers. Collectively called economic front liners, they include those who work in hospitality, tourism, restaurants, retail, and personal care services, and those who engage in labor-intensive work, particularly construction, automotive, wearables and manufacturing, electronic semiconductors and BPO.

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