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“No Vaccine, No Work Policy” Prohibited, DOLE Reminds
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reminds the public, especially workers and employers, that imposition of “No Vaccine, No Work’’ policy in the workplace is unlawful.
Through DOLE Labor Advisory No. 3, Series of 2021, Secretary Silvestre “Bebot” H. Bello III reiterates that “any employee who refuses or fails to be vaccinated shall not be discriminated against in terms of tenure, promotion, training, pay, and other benefits, among others, or terminated from employment.”
The advisory likewise states that vaccination should be at no cost to employees.  
The advisory has been issued on March 12, 2021, but is now being emphasized as the DOLE Regional Office 1 has recently received handful of complaints from workers who allegedly experienced discrimination after refusing or failing to be vaccinated.  
Regional Director Atty. Evelyn Ramos said labor inspection in the region is now being intensified to ensure that employers are following labor standards, and that they do not implement policies that are unfair and disadvantageous against workers. 
RD Ramos also underscored that jobseekers should also not be discriminated due to vaccination status.  
“Section 12 of Republic Act 11525 (COVID 19 Vaccine Program Act of 2021) declared that vaccine card shall not be a mandatory requirement for employment, nor should it be a pre-condition for hiring or for work continuity,”Atty. Ramos said. 
Workers experiencing vaccine-related workplace discrimination and other work-related concerns may channel their complaints to DOLE RO1 through its official Facebook page, or email at END/Justin Paul Marbella.
RD Evelyn R. Ramos
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