Barbados government warns employers about COVID vaccination

The government of Barbados island given a warning to the employers and stated that the workers could not be fired for not taking the novel coronavirus vaccine.

Barbados: The government of Barbados island given a warning to the employers and stated that the workers could not be fired for not taking the novel coronavirus vaccine.

Colin Jordan, the Labour and Social Partnership Relations Minister, cited that the workers are protected under the Employment (Prevention of Discrimination) Act, which, among additional elements, forbids discrimination on the grounds of the medical condition of an individual.

The minister added that “Workers in Barbados are also protected based on their religious beliefs. In addition, Barbados has not made the taking of a COVID-19 vaccine mandatory, so no legislation requires a worker to be vaccinated.”

He further added that all the citizens of Barbados require to follow the COVID-19 health protocols placed to control the spread of the mutant that has poisoned 4,036 and killed 46 patients since the pandemic started.

“We also settle strongly of the view that Barbadians should get vaccinated for their security and that of their close relatives and dependents, especially older relatives and dependents and relatives or dependents with medical conditions that cause them to be at greater risk,” the minister added.

Following the statement, he further informed that employers are forbidden from needing an individual to be tested for medical condition either as a pre-condition for entering into a contract of employment or as a condition for continuing work.

The minister informed that a genuine occupational qualification is when a requirement is an essential requirement or absolutely critical for a particular position or function, and another instance would be if an individual is being hired for a role that needs travelling to a nation that mandates having a yellow fever vaccination for the entry.

As of 13 June 2021, a total of 88,033 individuals have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, which is around 30.7% of the population, on the other hand, a total of 62,267 individuals have received their second dose of the novel coronavirus vaccine and are fully vaccinated against the mutant.