We write to provide comment on the vaccination policy from the perspective of businesses. Our aim is to end the pandemic with the lowest loss of life possible and to return the economy to operations unaffected by pandemic as soon as the suppression of the pandemic makes it possible. These comments are made in recognition of the difficult choices facing the government, and are intended to put the organizational resources of private companies to work in helping the government and society to overcome this crisis.
Our Human Resources committee discussed company vaccination policy with a legal expert. They reached the following conclusions.
We believe that such policies are only possible if the government mandates either for 1) vaccinations for the entire population, 2) vaccinations for at-risk population, including, possibly, specific types of operations or occupations, or at minimum 3) mandatory employee reporting of vaccinations to employers and mandatory requirements for companies to protect at-risk employees by differentiating work policies.
We believe such policies are only possible with a government mandate requiring either 1) vaccinations for all employees in businesses previously impacted by government closures or at minimum 2) employee disclosure of vaccination to employers in businesses previously impacted by government closure.
We request the government consider treating these individuals at the same priority level as health care workers in order to stem the flow of infections both in the hospital and into the wider community.
We ask that the government consider including these individuals in the vaccination program with the provision that they pay for their vaccine.
We recommend that the government consider applying the vaccination policy to all teachers and school administrators of schools certified for operation by the Ministry of Education.
We believe that the employers- in particular, large corporations- could make substantial contributions and would be willing to work in partnership with government to facilitate the logistics of distribution of the vaccination and to ease the existing pressure on the healthcare system. Subject to proper arrangements with the competent governmental institutions and their guidance, such participation could take various forms, including, possibly, provision of financial, human, administrative, facility and other resources.
Find the Czech version of the letter attached below.
30th January 2024