Reports of companies charging their employees for the Covid19 vaccine doses of their dependents surfaced earlier this week, prompting authorities to clarify that firms may do so as long as they do not profit from the payment.
The National Task Force Against Covid19 (NTF) cited their joint memorandum with the Department of Health, which stated that “vaccinations of employees shall be entirely free of charge”, but “nonetheless, the private entities may enter into arrangements with their employees that will allow [them] to designate other persons as vaccine recipients provided that such persons are limited to the Designated Persons as defined herein and allow the private entity to be reimbursed by its employees for the vaccines of their respective Designated Persons, not exceeding the cost of such vaccines.”
Designated persons are an employee’s legal or common-law spouse, children and relatives up to the fourth degree of consanguinity. It also includes house helpers that share a roof with the employee and any other dependent.
The NTF added that companies may not charge a markup and must ensure transparency to the employee regarding the cost of the jab.
The sale of Covid19 vaccines or vaccination slot is generally prohibited because the jabs are only granted emergency use authorization by the Food and Drug Administration.