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The Labour Department of the Ministry of Labour and Social Partnership Relations is reminding the general public that the COVID-19 vaccine is freely available to all workers in Barbados and is being administered in keeping with the guidelines given by Ministry of Health and Wellness.

Presently, in Barbados, it is not mandatory for an employee to take the vaccine. The employee determines whether he/she wants to be vaccinated and is not to be treated unfairly nor discriminated against by the employer, if he/she chooses not to take the vaccine.

The rights and responsibilities of employers and employees continue to apply in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and all existing contracts of employment also remain in force and must be respected.

For further advice or guidance, please contact the Industrial Relations Section of the Labour Department, Ministry of Labour and Social Partnership Relations at labour@labour.gov.bb or at the following telephone numbers: 535-1506, 1507, 1508, 1509, 1510, 1511, 1512, 1526, 1533 and 535-1566.

Ministry of Labour and Social Partnership Relations

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