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President Duterte Allows Employers Can Refuse to Accept “UnVacc” Applicants

President Rodrigo Duterte said that employers have the right to refuse to accept “unvacc” (unvaccinated) applicants, saying it is legal.

During the debate over whether or not to provide incentives to people who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 despite enough vaccine availability, Duterte stated that companies are free to reject unvaccinated applicants. If they recruit an unvaccinated employee, the President claims that this “person” will “start to contaminate everybody” if he becomes infected.

“You have the right to refuse or to accept as an employee somebody who is not vaccinated and will go and join the rest of employees and the factory or the place or whatever you have as your business [then] this guy would start to contaminate everybody,” Duterte said in his Talk to the People.

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The Chief Executive stressed that employers who refuse to hire unvaccinated individuals only want to protect their property, investments and businesses. “I think it’s legal for employers not to accept who are not vaccinated, tama sila I agree with them,” the statement added.

Restituto Padilla Jr., a spokesperson for the National Task Force Against COVID-19 (NTF), previously stated that the government is thoroughly debating how it will implement mandatory COVID-19 vaccines to significantly enhance coverage rates. According to Padilla, the facts that reveal that all COVID-19 instances that are severe or critical are unvaccinated individuals constitute the grounds for mandatory immunization.

Carlito Galvez Jr., the Vaccine Czar and Chief Implementer of the National Task Force Against COVID-19 support obligatory COVID-19 vaccination. He went on to say that an executive order from President Duterte is enough.

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) is looking at ways to execute the “no vaccine, no subsidy” policy for unvaccinated Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program recipients (4Ps). According to the government, “as of November 8,” 29,809,085 people, or 38.64 percent of the 77 million target population, have been properly vaccinated against the virus.

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