Employers will be able to require the employee to provide information about the COVID-19 vaccination, negative test result or past illness. This is what the draft law on the verification of vaccinations presupposes, the adoption of which was recommended by the Parliamentary Health Commission.
The meeting of the Parliamentary Health Committee was held on Tuesday, 11.01. It started with a minute of silence in memory of over 100,000. COVID-19 victims in Poland. The act is to enter into force the day after its promulgation.
Verification of vaccinations in the workplace – a bill
21 deputies voted in favor, 10 were against, and 6 abstained. The MP’s bill concerns specific solutions ensuring the possibility of running a business during the COVID-19 epidemic. The project assumes, among others, that the employer will be able to request his employee to present information about the vaccination against COVID-19 and a negative test result or information about a history of coronavirus.
– The intention of the project initiator is to enable the employer to exercise real control over the risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection causing the COVID-19 disease in the workplace – wrote the authors of the draft in the justification. The representatives of the applicants are MP Czesław Hoc from Law and Justice.
Verification of vaccinations in the workplace – detailed changes to the act
The Commission recommended the acceptance of the amendment concerning also the change in the title of the project. The word “economic” has been removed from it. The title after the amendment is: the draft act on special solutions ensuring the possibility of running a business (the word “economic” was removed) during the COVID-19 epidemic.
The Commission supported the deletion of Article 7 from the bill, which said that “the head of the entity performing medical activities may impose the obligation to vaccinate against COVID-19 on its employees and persons remaining in civil law relationship with this entity, if there are no contraindications for vaccination in the scope of their state of health “.
In turn, the Federation of Polish Entrepreneurs proposed that in Art. 2 clause 9 add point 4, which would say that “the employer may, if it is not possible to entrust another type of work referred to in point 3, grant the employee a vacation leave, and after using it, grant unpaid leave until vaccination against COVID-19”. However, this amendment was rejected.
Opposition to vaccination verification in the workplace
People who wanted to protest against the new regulations gathered in front of the building where the meeting of the Health Committee was held. According to some, the act violates the right to freedom, privacy and dignity and promotes discrimination. There were also emotions during the meeting itself. One of the ideas of the Confederation proposed that the law should enter into force in 2099. In turn, employers’ representatives stated that the draft act largely shifts to them the burden of anti-covid measures.
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