On Thursday, the Parliamentary Committee on the Constitution approved a demand to vaccinate social and health care personnel against the coronavirus.
The Inter-Party Committee unanimously declared the bill in line with the Constitution, making ratification likely. The committee has blocked a number of previously proposed coronavirus measures.
The center-left government has proposed adding a temporary clause to the Communicable Diseases Act that would require social and health workers to be vaccinated. It may enter into force shortly after it has been approved by the legislature as a whole.
国会議長 アヌ・ヴェヴィライネン (Cen) tweeted on Wednesday that Parliament was preparing to vote on a vaccination law between Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
The law would require employers to ensure that staff working with patients and at-risk groups do not pose a risk of infection.
Fundamental human rights in question
According to the committee, the protection of the health of the population and the maintenance of health care capacity during a pandemic are compelling reasons to justify the government’s exceptionally far-reaching actions affecting fundamental human rights.
The strong committee, which includes members from almost all parliamentary parties, is chaired by the MP ヨハンナ・オジャラ・ニーメラ the Social Democratic Party in the Prime Minister.
The committee noted that there were clearly acceptable grounds for demanding unemployment and that the regulation was proportionate. According to the committee, this is not compulsory vaccination, but notes that vaccination has an indirect effect on the fundamental rights of those working in the social and health sectors.
In its opinion, the panel emphasized that the aim is to protect patients who are particularly vulnerable to Covid-19, for whom the disease can be fatal.
Concerns about the availability of guardians
According to the government’s proposal, the employer would not be obliged to pay a non-vaccinated employee who does not accept another job offered or for whom no alternative job can be found.
A negative Covid test less than 72 hours before the start of each shift would be an option for a worker with a valid medical reason not to take the vaccine.
The Committee on Constitutional Affairs stressed the need to closely monitor access to social and health services, as there is a shortage of labor in the sector and the government predicts that requiring vaccinations could exacerbate the situation.
The committee also asked the Committee on Social Affairs and Health to evaluate the justification for the proposal.
In early December, the Minister of Family and Basic Services クリスタキウル (SDP) said the chancellor of justice had said vaccinations could be required to protect the lives and health of clients and patients.