The Philippine government will make Covid-19 vaccination mandatory for employees tasked to do on-site work starting Dec. 1, 2021.

In a statement on Friday, Palace spokesman Harry Roque said the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Emerging Infectious Diseases approved the measure to increase demand for Covid-19 vaccination.

“In areas where there are sufficient supplies of Covid-19 vaccines, Covid-19 vaccination of eligible employees tasked to do on-site work shall be required by all establishments and employers in the public and private sector,” Roque said.

Roque said eligible employees who would remain unvaccinated should not be terminated, but they would be required to undergo regular RT-PCR testing or antigen tests at their own expense.

Public transportation services in the road, rail, maritime and aviation sectors are also required to fully vaccinate all eligible workers as a condition to continue their operations.

The IATF has given public and private establishments authority to validly refuse entry and/or deny service to individuals who remain unvaccinated or are partially vaccinated despite being eligible for vaccination.

However, establishments offering frontline and emergency services are required to continue rendering their services to all persons, regardless of their vaccination status.

The IATF also urged local government units to incentivize fully vaccinated individuals.

Workers who will be vaccinated during work hours will not be considered absent provided they have sufficient proof of a confirmed vaccination schedule.

The government will conduct a three-day national vaccination drive from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1 to increase the number of jabs administered before the Christmas season.

The Philippines has received 118,112,370 Covid-19 vaccine jabs since February. John Ezekiel J. Hirro