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Labor Advisory No. 03 series of 2021

DOLE issues guidelines for administering COVID-19 vaccines in the workplace

DOLE issues Labor Advisory No. 03, series of 2021 giving guidelines to employers on administering COVID-19 vaccines in the workplace

Last updated: August 18, 2021 (2-minute read)

The Department of Labor and Employment (“DOLE”) recently issued Labor Advisory No. 03, series of 2021 (“Guidelines on the Administration of COVID-19 Vaccines in the Workplace”) (“Advisory”). The Advisory applies to all establishments and employers in the private sector that administer COVID-19 vaccines in the workplaces.

The Advisory says as follows:

  1. Businesses will adopt and implement the appropriate vaccination policy in the workplace as part of their occupational safety and health program, consistent with the guidelines issued by the Department of Health and Inter-Agency Task Force.
  2. Businesses may procure COVID-19 vaccines, supplies and other services. Businesses may also seek support from the appropriate government agencies in procuring, storing, transporting, deploying and administering a COVID-19 vaccine.
  3. No cost of vaccination in the workplace will be charged against or passed on, directly or indirectly, to the employees
  4. Businesses will encourage their employees to get vaccinated. However, any employee who refuses or fails to be vaccinated will not be discriminated against in terms of tenure, promotion, training, pay, and other benefits, among others, or terminated from employment. No vaccine, no work policy will not be alllowed.

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