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Bahamas: VACCINATION BY FORCE: Labour director warns businesses against mandatory vaccination policies

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Director of Labour John Pinder said yesterday that his department received numerous complaints and inquiries from associates of Sushi Rokkan after the restaurant in Old Fort Bay Town Center reportedly advised associates of a new mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy effective immediately.

“Nobody is mandated to take that,” Pinder told Eyewitness News.

“You voluntarily decide whether you are going to take that or not. No employer has the right to force any employee to take any vaccination. That’s not law and the competent authority did not make that a part of the emergency orders, so no employer has the right to force any employee to do that.”

He continued: “I have been receiving calls from employees from more than that establishment; not just that establishment; about two other establishments, where they are saying the employers are trying to make it mandatory for them to take [the vaccine] or they can’t return to work. Now, the employer has a right to hold you in furlough until 30 days after the expiration of the emergency orders. Now, after that they got to bring you back to work. I have heard some employers will force you to pay for your own COVID test. I have no problem with that, but they cannot make it mandatory for you to take the vaccination.”

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