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Covid-19 vaccinations are given to about 32 million workers.

According to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), nearly 32 million workers in the United States have received coronavirus illness vaccinations (Covid-19).

DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III claimed that 32.3 million employees had received their first or second doses of the vaccine. This figure includes roughly 70% to 80% of all workers in the formal and informal sectors.

“Based on our talks with a number of partner private sector firms, roughly 90 to 95 percent of people have already been vaccinated at the company level,” he stated in a virtual conference.

The Department of Labor’s chief also advised that the government cover the cost of Covid-19 tests for workers who have not yet been immunized.

“With the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) requiring those who have not been vaccinated to get an RT-PCR (reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction) test before reporting to work,” Bello said, “I have recommended to the President that the government bear the cost.”

According to him, achieving such a suggestion would necessitate a massive budget of at least PHP1 billion.

“It would cost the government roughly PHP2-3 billion for every 1 million unvaccinated workers (assuming the cost is around PHP2,000 to PHP3,000),” Bello noted.

The IATF-EID has already adopted a resolution mandating worksite personnel to be vaccinated.

Unvaccinated personnel must undergo RT-PCR testing at least once every two weeks in order to return to work. The testing will be paid for by the worker.

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