National Vaccination Day: Employers told not to mark staff absent

The vaccine drive aims to vaccinate 15 million people

National Vaccination Day: Employers told not to mark staff absent

Workers from the Philippines who will be getting their jabs during the country's three-day national vaccination drive next week should not be marked absent from the jobs, according to President Rodrigo Duterte. This comes as the president officially declared November 29 to December 1 as National COVID-19 Vaccination Days. During said days, workers who forego a day in their work to get the jabs will not be marked absent as long as they present proof of vaccination to their employers after.

"Employees and workers of the government and the private sector, who will be vaccinated during the aforesaid period, shall not be considered absent from their work, provided that they present proof of vaccination to their respective employers," the order read.

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The government previously said it is planning on vaccinating 15 million Filipinos across the country during the three-day drive, with a five-million target for each date.However, workers are concerned of salary reduction should they decide to forego a day in their jobs to get vaccinated against COVID-19 - a fear that the order aimed to address.

Duterte on Tuesday night extended his gratitude to local businesses for extending their help for the upcoming vaccination drive.

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