President of the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions (JCTU) Helene Davis-Whyte says at this time, there should not be a choice between vaccination and workers losing their jobs.
She states that Unions recognize that the country is facing a public health crisis and that public health authorities have the power to determine what actions are necessary to contain the spread of COVID-19.
She says employers, therefore, should not implement vaccine requirements for workers without the direction of the public health authorities.
She underscores that the authorities have not given such a mandate.
Mrs. Davis-Whyte says when looking at mandatory vaccination, the World Health Organization’s protocols for ethical vaccinations should be considered.