'No COVID Vaccine, No Pay' is Illegal, Says Labor Dept

Vaccination is not mandatory.
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Labor Secretary Sec. Silvestre Bello said Tuesday "no vaccine, no pay" is illegal after reports of companies enforcing such policies was exposed by a labor group.

Workers who don't get paid for refusing the COVID vaccine should file a complaint with the Department of Labor and Employment via its 1349 hotline, Bello told TeleRadyo.

"Basta ang mahalaga, malaman namin kung sino 'yung employer o kung sino ang manager o kompanya na hindi nagpapasahod dahil hindi bakunado para sa ganun puwede namin inspeksyunin agad ang employer," he said.

While vaccination is not mandatory, Bello urged employees to get the jab.

Health Usec. Maria Rosario Vergeire also told reporters that there is no policy on mandatory COVID vaccinations. She said employers should consider offering incentives for workers to get vaccinated.

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