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Employers can fire those who refuse to get vaccinated, without severance payments

Leading Dominican businessman Fernando Capellán of Grupo M, a major free zone industry group, said on the Esta Noche con Mariasela TV program on 8 June 2021 that the company is prepared to fire without severance benefits any employee who refuses to be vaccinated. Capellán understands that the measure is legal because the Labor Code and the Constitution give prevalence to the collective good over individual beliefs.

Local business people, academics, lawyers and government officers at all levels have been discussing whether Dominicans can be obligated to get vaccinated for Covid-19.

During the talk show, TV host Mariasela Alvarez argued that what is at stake is that the country reach herd immunity to return to normalcy. For this, 70% of the population needs to receive the two doses of the vaccine. Around 20% of the country has already received the vaccine. The VacunateRD stats for 7 June indicate: 4,090,092 persons have received at least a first dose and 1,562,041 have received the two doses. Vaccinations are free and readily available in the Dominican Republic.

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Esta Noche con Mariasela

Esta Noche con Mariasela

9 June 2021