Employers' group: Compulsory COVID-19 vaccination 'not feasible', faces legal question

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 4) — It is 'not feasible' to conduct mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for employees, the Employers Confederation of the Philippines or ECOP said Tuesday, adding it raises a legal issue.

"I don't think [it] is feasible na gawing mandatory. Unang una (First of all), there will be a legal question...I think even our Constitution might be invoked on that," ECOP President Sergio Ortiz-Luis told a briefing.

"Besides, palagay ko naman eh hindi aabot tayo sa ganun. Importante mayroon silang kumpyansa sa brand ng vaccine at saka sa scheduling," he added.

[Translation: Besides, I don't think we'll get to that point. What's important is employees have confidence on the vaccine brand, as well as scheduling.]

Ortiz-Luis also said even if inoculations against COVID-19 become mandatory, there are not enough doses at the moment.

He asked: "At this point of time, kailan mo gagawing compulsory eh wala kang bakuna?"

[Translation: At this point of time, how can you make this compulsory when you don't even have vaccines?]

The ECOP president added he thinks the COVID-19 vaccination of some health officials and the President might convince workers to get immunized, too.

On Monday, President Rodrigo Duterte received his first dose of the coronavirus vaccine made by China's Sinopharm.