October 13, 2021

Business organizations favor measures that limit the movement of unvaccinated people

Several business organizations think that the government and private sector have the right to establish tougher policies for unvaccinated people while respecting the choice of those who do not wish to get vaccinated.

This move, according to thirteen business organizations, would safeguard the unvaccinated population, which is now the most susceptible group in the wake of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) epidemic, while also allowing the economy and employment to recover.

“While we firmly believe that everyone has the freedom to choose whether or not to get vaccinated,” the business organizations said in a joint statement Monday, “we also think that the state and private sector should be allowed to limit the actions of unvaccinated people for the common good.”

The Bankers Association of the Philippines, Cebu Business Club, Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines, Go Negosyo, Investment Houses Association of the Philippines, Makati Business Club, Philippine Business for Education, Philippine Ecozones Association, Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Philippine Retailers Association, Subdivision and Housing Developers Association, US-ASEAN Business Council, and US-Asean Business Council are among the organizations that issued the statement.

They also proposed enabling the private sector to set tougher restrictions for unvaccinated workers and consumers, such as rejecting unvaccinated job applications, “in the interest of both the vaccinated and the unvaccinated.”

The organizations, on the other hand, said that they would continue to provide chances for unvaccinated workers to get their Covid-19 vaccinations.

The private sector has also pushed the government to apply the same approach to government workers.

“Most experts agree that unvaccinated people are more likely to get severely ill, placing a burden on the healthcare system and putting both Covid-19 and non-Covid-19 patients at danger of not receiving medical treatment.” Furthermore, there is evidence that unvaccinated people are more deadly virus carriers,” they said.

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases decided to declare particular community quarantine measures based on the amount of healthcare used in a given area.

The government imposes tougher community quarantine protocols as healthcare usage rises.

The majority of Covid-19 patients hospitalized in hospitals, according to health department data, were unvaccinated people.

Meanwhile, the private sector has asked the government to make vaccinations more accessible so that Covid-19 vaccines may be distributed more quickly throughout the country.

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