Jamaica Observer: KINGSTON, JA – JAMAICAN employers are being warned that they could find themselves on the wrong side of the law if they dismiss any employee who refuses to take the COVID-19 vaccine.
The issue was moved to the front burner yesterday after Caledonia Outdoor Limited, a Corporate Area-based firm, gave its employees 14 days to take the COVID-19 vaccination or submit their resignations.
In a memorandum dated April 12, the firm told its employees that with the availability of the vaccines persons are to ensure that they get the jab in accordance with its COVID-19 protocol.
“The company is, therefore, mandating that all members of staff be vaccinated within the next 14 days. Persons with a medical condition and (who) are not able to get the vaccine [are] asked to provide a letter from their doctor,” said the firm in its memo.
“Persons who refused to be vaccinated will be asked to resign,” added the memo which was signed by a director.
But yesterday the company told the Jamaica Observer that the memo was withdrawn after the vaccination blitz ended on Tuesday with many of its employees not being able to take the jab.
While declaring that workers who were not vaccinated would not be forced to resign, the company said staff members were being strongly encouraged to take the jab to keep themselves and their colleagues safe.