A new section of the Communicable Diseases Act would oblige the employer to ensure that caregivers of patients at risk are protected against covid-19 disease. The alternative could be to cut pay.
Parliament will be available as early as next weekto weigh up a clause that would be a step towards “compulsory vaccination” of covid-19 against nurses, doctors and others working in social and health workplaces.
In practice, it would be an obligation to take an coroner vaccine or there could even be a loss of pay.
A temporary addition to the Communicable Diseases Act, ie Article 48a, would oblige SOTE employers to ensure that staff do not pose a risk of infection to those being treated.
A bill to amend the law has been feverishly prepared in the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health in recent days. The matter has been heard as well labor market organizations.
The amendment is due to enter into force as soon as possible and would remain in force until the end of next year. The transition period would be a month to allow time for vaccinations to be taken.
HS: n according to the draft he sees, the law would provide for covid-19 to “protect the lives and health of social care clients and healthcare patients who are subject to severe sanctions”.
The risk of patients getting corona infection from workers who work in close contact with them should be minimized.
The employer should ensure that staff and students, especially those caring for the elderly and other at-risk patients, are protected by either covid-19 disease or vaccinations. The illness must not exceed six months.
Only for a “special reason” could an employer use a person who does not have adequate protection to treat these patients.
The regulation would also apply to civil servants and incumbents.
Amendment of the law health and social care employers should have the right to process health data on workers’ protection against coronary vaccination or illness.
Employers ‘organizations have been more positive about the proposal than employees’ organizations.
Municipal and welfare area employers President of the RK Markku Jalonen considers the change to be an important way to increase vaccine coverage.
KT advocates that the regulation should not be limited to social and health care personnel, but should cover all those tasks that involve a risk of infection to the client or patient caused by close contact. According to it, the application to home care is also an important clarification.
The RK considers it important that the bill stipulates in law that the employer has the right not to pay a person without vaccination protection if his or her lack of vaccination protection prevents him or her from working in his or her own job and he or she cannot find work in accordance with his or her duties.
Public sector Juko emphasizes that the employer should, as a matter of priority and by all means, promote the use of vaccines – including during working hours.
If vaccine protection or an illness cannot be diagnosed, the obligation to provide other work must be very extensive, Juko insists.
According to Juko, stopping the payment of wages should be the last resort. If no other work can be provided, efforts should be made to agree on the use of holidays, savings leave and working time balances during the interruption.
The professions represented by the group include doctors, dentists, nurses, health and nurses, social workers, physiotherapists, occupational and speech therapists, and psychologists.
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