Labour Minister: policy on workplace vaccination in development

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    Labour Minister Stephen McClashie says an industrial relations policy on workplace vaccination is in development.

    Responding to an urgent question in the Lower House today, the Minister said the matter is currently before a tripartite committee consisting of representatives from Trade Unions, the private sector and Government.

    He adds that care is being taken, since much like the COVID-19 virus, such a policy is also “novel”.

    In fact, he pointed out that even the International Labour Organisation is yet to come to any consensus on such a policy.

    According to the Minister, the committee is looking at considerations surrounding workplace vaccination, with a report to be submitted to him shortly.

    He says considerations include health, legal issues and human rights and personal rights.

    Another concern, he adds, is the industrial relations implications of mandating workplace COVID vaccinations.