Employees getting their COVID-19 shots during the national vaccination days—Nov. 29, 30, and Dec. 1—will not be marked absent from work and will not receive pay deductions, Malacañang announced on Wednesday, Nov. 24.
Proclamation No. 1253, signed by President Rodrigo Duterte, declared the three days as "Bayanihan, Bakunahan National COVID-19 Vaccination Days."
It also stated that workers getting vaccinated during this period need only to present their proof of vaccination to their companies.
Duterte also ordered all state agencies to support the three-day drive, which seeks to inoculate 15 million Filipinos across 16 regions.
"The LGUs shall mobilize all resources, stakeholders, health human resource and constituents within their area of jurisdiction to achieve the objectives of the National COVID-19 Vaccination Days," the proclamation read.
In his public address on Tuesday night, Duterte told local executives to feed their constituents to encourage vaccination.
“I am authorizing all governors and mayors gumastos na lang kayo ng pera papalitan ko lang ‘yan balang araw. Pakainin ninyo na lang sila. Kawawa naman yung Pilipino. Really, you just give me the bill and I will try to pay it if I have the money," he said.
The president also reiterated that employers and business establishments have the right to refuse unvaccinated people.
"I support 'yung mga restaurants and all... You have my support, huwag mo sila pakainin.," he said.
On Nov. 23, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said that Nov. 29 and Dec. 1 are considered "special working days" while Nov. 30, Bonifacio Day, is a regular holiday.