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Covid-19 Vaccination

27 April 2021
Spain: mutual insurance companies will soon be able to vaccinate staff in companies with more than 250 employees
The government and employers are preparing to sign an agreement that allows mutual insurance companies to assist in inoculating employees. The agreement between the CEOE employers’ body and the Ministry of Health, should be ratified by the end of the week 26 April, and will authorize mutual insurance companies to actively participate in the vaccination effort by way of administering vaccines to employees in companies with more than 250 staff. This is a first, since until now the inoculation campaign has only...
Covid-19 Vaccination
22 April 2021
Germany: companies, the third pillar of the vaccination campaign, but not before June
Large companies in the metals, chemical and financial sectors are busy gearing up for their participation in Germany’s national vaccination campaign. Volkswagen and BASF have even started pilot projects, administering a few hundred vaccinations per day. However, due to insufficient vaccine supplies, mass inoculation in companies will not start before June, and before then a number of legal and ethical issues still need to be resolved.
Covid-19 Vaccination
21 April 2021
France: twenty new jobs added to the Covid-19 priority vaccination list
Following the conclusion of consultations on 20 April with the Ministry of Labor and the social partners, a list of some twenty private sector professions has been identified as priorities in France’s Covid-19 vaccination campaign. The professions include vehicle drivers, taxi and cab drivers, public transport inspectors, maintenance workers, security guards and buildings caretakers, food retail employees, funeral directors, and unskilled workers in the food industry (a complete list can be found below)....
Covid-19 Vaccination
22 March 2021
Germany: what are the obligations for employers when it comes to Covid-19 vaccinations?
As of next month, company doctors in Germany will be able to make a full contribution to the Covid-19 vaccination campaign at firms across the country. According to VDBW, Germany’s association of occupational physicians, some 12,000 company doctors could vaccinate close to 5 million employees per month. However, the administering of vaccines in the workplace raises many legal questions. Can an employer oblige or only encourage their employees to get vaccinated? Can a business know which of its staff have...
Covid-19 Vaccination
18 March 2021
Italy: banking sector social partners secure agreement on workplace vaccinations
Following the recent industrial sector agreement (c.f. article No.12411), Italy’s banking sector is also making itself available for an employee vaccination program. The agreement dated 17 March (here) between the employers’ organization ABI (Associazione Bancaria Italiana) and the trade unions Fabi, First-Cisl, Fisac-Cgil, Uilca and Unisin will allow banking sector workers to be vaccinated directly at their place of work, when the vaccines become available. The social partners “undertake to quickly...
Covid-19 Vaccination
9 March 2021
Great Britain: CIPD publishes an employers guide for the Covid-19 vaccination
On 15 February 2021 the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the leading professional association for human resource management professionals, published a guide for employers that are seeking to encourage employees take up their vaccination offers. It also addresses some initial questions over employers’ occupational health and safety responsibilities once the Covid-19 vaccination campaign has had widespread rollout, and addresses preparations for a generalized return to work.
Covid-19 Vaccination