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The Civil Service Commission (CSC) on Friday urged government employees to get vaccinated by taking part in the upcoming nationwide simultaneous inoculation drive.

In the Laging Handa public media briefing, CSC Commissioner Aileen Lizada said government employees who will be vaccinated during the three-day vaccination drive will not be considered absent on the day of their inoculation.

Lizada also said government employees with adverse reactions following the immunization will also be considered excused from reporting to work based on the Memorandum Circular 16.

“All of those who will get vaccinated will be excused for three calendar days if they experience slight adverse effects such as swelling, tenderness, or pain in the inoculation site,” she said.

She added that those who will experience serious adverse effects will be excused for 15 calendar days and will not be considered absent.

Lizada also urged government agencies to support the national vaccination days by lending their manpower during the three-day vaccination drive.

“The public needs us, the people need our service. Not because we are part of the concerned agencies we will not help. If the DoH (Department of Health) and LGU (local government units) need us, please do so,” she added.

She also noted that government agencies may issue memorandums for their employees who will volunteer in the three-day vaccination drive so they will also be excused from reporting to work.

The government will be conducting a three-day vaccination day which will start from 29 November to 1 December. It aims to administer 15 million Covid-19 vaccine doses by the end of the drive.

Meanwhile, Lizada said the CSC will be releasing a uniform policy for unvaccinated government employees who will be reporting for on-site work.

“The CSC is now finalizing a policy that will be dealing with the topic, and we will be in touch with the DoH,” she said.

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