Davao City requires COVID-19 vaccination for all govt workers

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The Davao City government issued an executive order on Thursday requiring all its personnel to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 16) — The Davao City government issued an executive order on Thursday requiring all its personnel to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Executive Order No. 45 Series of 2021 mandates the vaccination of all workers including plantilla, job order and contractual personnel, as well as volunteers, on or before Nov. 30.

Violators may be suspended for up to six months for the first offense and relieved from duty for the second offense, it added.

They may be exempted, however, for medical reasons.

The order said the local government unit's human resource management office shall lead the coordination with the city’s COVID-19 task force in arranging the vaccination, as well as in monitoring compliance.

Asked about the legal implications of such an order, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said it warrants further study.

"This is a very delicate matter that needs a lot of study and there’s a proper procedure for obtaining a formal [Department of Justice] opinion," he told CNN Philippines in a message.

For its part, the Department of Health cited Republic Act 11525, which states that vaccine cards shall not be considered an additional requirement for employment. 

"While vaccination is not mandatory, we call on all eligible population to register in their respective LGUs and avail of COVID-19 vaccines for free, for additional protection," the DOH said.

The agency has monitored 3,606 active cases in Davao City. It recorded a total of 44,836 infections — including 365 that were added on Wednesday — with 40,339 recoveries and 891 deaths.