By Rey Anthony Chiu | 07:02 AM November 21, 2021

Workers in the public and private sector who, up to now have still rejected vaccination will not be terminated for such reason.

However, because being unvaccinated makes them a liability in the workplace, Governor Arthur Yap has issued Executive Order Number 56, series of 2021, requiring establishments and employers in the public and private sector to have their workers who are working on site and rendering face to face front line operations and who eligible for the vaccines, to be vaccinated against coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

And when they can not be terminated, they are required to undergo regular COVID tests, according to the new order which the governor signed November 18, 2021.

Meanwhile, workers who could not be vaccinated for some reasons, are required to present a medical clearance issued by their Municipal, City or the Provincial Health Office, or a birth certificate that can sufficiently explain why the worker can not be or is ineligible for vaccination.

The same EO also mandated the full vaccination of eligible workers in the public transport services sector as a condition for continuing operations.

Public transportation services in the road, rail, maritime and aviation sectors shall require all their eligible workers to be fully vaccinated, the EO reads.

“They shall be required to undergo Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) testing once in every two weeks at their own expense for purposes of on-site work,” states section 2 of the new executive order.

The RT-PCR test should also show a negative result, so they can be used as proof to show at the work site.

And in cases when the RT-PCR can not be had, like when the machines and molecular laboratory proved to be insufficient or not immediately available, a negative for Covid in a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) every week, to be paid by the worker, will be sufficient proof of being Covid free and can proceed to work on site.

To soften the pot, in Section 3 of the same EO, workers who decide to be vaccinated and schedules during work hours, would not be considered absent, however the workers would have to present a proof of a confirmed vaccination schedule, to be given the privilege.

Through EO No. 56, which the governor patterned after the National inter Agency Task Force on the management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, the governor cited that with the country receiving as much as 108.9 million vaccine doses against Covid, and with additional deliveries until the end of the year, the available vaccines are more than enough to cover the 54 million Filipinos with at least a single dose by the end of November and some 54 million fully vaccinated a month later.

This too as authorities have reported that still many Filipinos opt out of the vaccine because there is not enough for everybody.
COVID, which has still remained a threat despite clear indications that governments and communities have apparently controlled the numbers.

With this, President Rodrigo Duterte has issued a new directive for a whole-of-nation government solution to increase the demand for COVID-10 vaccines, regardless of the brand, for a more resilient and healthier Philippines. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

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