Tanaiste Leo Varadkar announced that BOSSES will not be allowed to ask workers if they have been vaccinated against Covid-19 when they return to the office.
The Fine Gael leader said he did not want employers to ask workers about vaccine status because he was worried it would lead to employees being asked about other health issues.
Speaking at a press conference, Tanaiste said: “I hope it will be a highlight in a few weeks or months and we will be able to treat this virus like other respiratory viruses.
“Right now, we don’t ask people if their immunization status has anything to do with the flu or any other virus.
“I would reluctantly allow employers to ask employees what their vaccine status is. There are many other vaccines and if you allow your employer to ask about the Covid vaccine why can’t you ask about the hepatitis vaccine or the MMR vaccine.
“And why don’t you then ask about the viral status and whether they have a particular virus as opposed to the vaccine.”
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Fine Gael leadership said there may be exceptions for some employees who work with medically vulnerable people.
“I just didn’t want to go that route,” he said. That might be a case for exceptions for people who are working with vulnerable or immunocompromised people but as a general rule I don’t want to be in a position where we allow it. Employers have the right to ask people private questions about their health. . ”
It comes as the Government prepares to announce a plan to lift Covid-19 restrictions on Friday, including an update on when people can return to the office.
Tanaiste Leo Varadkar has indicates that Ireland is moving into a new phase of the pandemic, where we could put lockdowns and harsh restrictions behind our backs.
https://www.thesun.ie/news/8232976/covid-19-ireland-vaccine-employer-ask-workers-leo-varadkar/ Covid-19 Ireland – Employers are not allowed to ask workers if they have been vaccinated, Tanaiste claims