No paid leave, but also no salary cuts in three-day vax drive

PHILIPPINES: Despite President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration that November 29, November 30 and December 1 are “National Covid-19 Vaccination Days,” the government has clarified that workers should not expect extra holiday pay.

Instead, November 29 (Monday) and December 1 (Wednesday) are considered “special working days,” while November 30 (Tuesday) is a regular public holiday (Bonifacio Day), according to acting presidential spokesperson Karlo Nograles.

But while they won't be paid extra, a government order has further assured employees participating in the vaccination drive that they shall not be considered absent from their work, as long as they present their proof of vaccination to their employers.

The Philippine government’s massive vaccination drive intends to inoculate 15 million Filipinos in three days. Schools, gymnasiums, fast food chains, malls and workplaces nationwide will be transformed into vaccination sites to accommodate the first-timers to the Covid vaccine.

President Duterte ordered local government units to mobilize all resources, stakeholders, health workers, and constituents. It is estimated that the drive will need at least 160,000 volunteers to achieve its goal.

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