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Bahamas: JOB OR JAB?: Minnis skirts forced vaccination issue while Davis says govt cannot intervene

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — As several employers in the country seek to make it mandatory for employees to get vaccinated, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday reiterated the government’s position, indicating that the coronavirus jab is not mandatory.

In recent weeks, as vaccinations in the country begin to ramp up, several restaurants and other private sector employers have sought to make vaccination a requirement for employees.

The prime minister was asked about the issue following the morning sitting of Parliament, as he made his way to the Cabinet office.

“We have said repeatedly that vaccinations are not mandatory,” Minnis said, opting not to comment further on the matter.

During a COVID-19 update press conference on Tuesday, health officials noted that the issue is “between the employer and employee”.

However, Director of Labour John Pinder has warned businesses against mandatory vaccination policies that could go against labor laws.

Pinder advised that his department has received numerous complaints and inquiries about businesses seeking to implement the policy.

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