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Public and private sector employees receiving their COVID-19 jabs during the “Bayanihan, Bakunahan” vaccination drive from November 29 to December 1 will be excused from work, based on a proclamation signed by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Duterte signed Proclamation No. 1253, declaring the three-day period as Bayanihan, Bakunahan National COVID-19 Vaccination Days.

The proclamation read, “Employees and workers of the government and the private sector, who will be vaccinated during the period, shall not be considered absent from their work, provided that they present proof of vaccination to their respective employers, subject to rules that may be issued by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Civil Service Commission (CSC).”

The vaccination drive eyes to inoculate 15 million more Filipinos outside the National Capital Region, in hopes of inching closer to the country’s goal of vaccinating 70 percent of the population.

Under the proclamation, the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), in cooperation with the National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19 will lead the efforts of the Bayanihan, Bakunahan National Covid-19 Vaccination Days.

Earlier, Malacañang designated November 29 and December 1 as special working days while only November 30 was announced as a regular holiday in commemoration of Bonifacio Day.

The NTF said that 34 million Filipinos have been fully vaccinated while over 43 million received their first dose.

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