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Colombia asks employers to require vaccination of event workers


Government of Colombia asks employers to require full vaccination against covid-19 from workers at massive events.

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(CNN Spanish) --

The Government of Colombia urged employers to require complete vaccination schemes against covid-19 from workers who participate in work with massive assistance of people, regardless of whether they are public or private, as reported on Thursday by the Ministry of Labor in a statement.

The measure, contemplated in a circular that the ministry issued this Wednesday, will be applied in spaces such as "bars, gastrobars, restaurants, cinemas, nightclubs, dance venues, concerts, casinos, bingos and leisure activities, as well as sports venues, parks amusement and theme parks, museums and fairs," according to the document.

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The statement adds that workers must have the complete vaccination schedule and present to their employer the vaccination card that proves it.

The new requirement complements the measures promoted by the Government in December to curb the spread of covid-19, which include that those over 12 years of age must present their full vaccination card to access massive public or private events.

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New measure receives support but raises doubts

The new requirement was supported by the Association of Bars of Colombia (Asobares), although in a statement this Thursday the entity considered that the measure "is not exempt from important concerns" related to times to present vaccination schemes, labor disputes, compliance with rights and legal issues, among others.

He indicated that they expected the Ministry of Labor to answer their questions.


One of Asobares' doubts is what to do with workers who allude to "their fundamental rights not to be vaccinated" and that it is not possible to transfer them to work without contact with clients.

This Thursday, the Ministry of Labor told CNN that it was aware of the concerns of Asobares and other entities, and that it is working on new documents that would help clear them up.

He added that these would be published "in the next few hours" and that it could be in the form of a new circular.

Until this Thursday, Colombia reported 5,440,981 confirmed cases and 130,625 deaths from covid-19 since the start of the pandemic, according to the Ministry of Health.

As for vaccinations, 66,935,960 doses had been applied in Colombia until January 11, of which at least 29,407,178 belong to complete schemes, according to the most recent report from the Ministry of Health published this Thursday.


Source: cnnespanol

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