February 9, 2023


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Our goal is to increase the number of vaccinations and tests - Do Rzeczy

Our goal is to increase the number of vaccinations and tests – Do Rzeczy

On Monday, a government spokesperson was asked about a bill introduced by the MP that would, among other things, test employees for SARS-CoV-2 infection. The project is criticized by the opposition.

The project includes, inter alia, the possibility of an infected employee in the workplace filing a request to initiate SARS-CoV-2 infection compensation proceedings against another employee who has not been tested. Mueller was asked, inter alia, whether he would order such a measure if the prime minister had not tested himself in the workplace.

– Mr. Prime Minister, as far as I know and I certainly know this, is grafted. So we are talking about a completely different situation from what you are asking,” he said, addressing the journalist who asked the question.

Vaccination incentives

He noted that in the parliamentary debate in recent weeks “there are a lot of different ideas about encouraging increased vaccination rates – one thing, another thing is that the rate of testing should go up as well.”

– So there are many solutions. We also had a meeting here last week with parliamentary clubs from the opposition, and there were also different kinds of proposals. Today I can see that the opposition is also conveying critical voices, even for far-reaching projects. As you can see – it is difficult to find a good solution that satisfies many pages. At the moment, the most important thing is that the vaccination system is universal – each of us can be vaccinated whenever he wants. Likewise, the testing system is available for people who want to check it out, Mueller said.

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– So we hope that the next step will encourage a real increase in both the number of vaccinations and the number of examinations, and that is our goal. And whether a person will take such actions, which are provided for by this Act, is, of course, optional, that is, if a person wants, he or she can take such actions, and if not – there is no need for this – the speaker noted.

According to him, this is “a compromise that does not force anyone to sue anyone in such a situation.”

new covid law

The project provides solutions that enable employees to test SARS-CoV-2 free of charge, as well as for employers to request information about a negative result of such a test. The draft does not provide for different regulations for people who have suffered from COVID-19, and people who have had preventive vaccinations against COVID-19 and unvaccinated persons. The employee will generally be able to take the free test once a week. The tests will be funded by the COVID-19 Fighting Fund.

The draft assumes that an employee who has not undergone the diagnostic test will continue to work for the employer under current rules. For this reason, he will not be appointed outside his permanent place of work or perform another type of work, but in the cases provided for in the draft, he will be able to pay compensation compensation due to someone being infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

An employee who is confirmed to be infected with SARS-CoV-2 and who has a reasonable suspicion of infection may file a request to initiate compensation proceedings for SARS-CoV-2 infection, due from an employee who has not been tested at the workplace or other place designated for the performance of work. The application will be submitted to the employer within two months of the end of isolation or hospitalization due to COVID-19.

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Within 7 days of receiving the application, the employer will be obliged to check whether the employees with whom he contacted include people who did not take the test. If this circumstance is confirmed by the employer, the employer will immediately, no later than three days later, submit the application of the employee infected with the virus to the competent voivode of the place of work, together with the list of employees who have not undergone the diagnostic test, but indicated by An employee infected with SARS-CoV-2, as people with whom he has been in contact.

On the basis of the application received, the voivode will initiate proceedings regarding compensation benefits for infection with SARS-CoV-2. Compensation compensation is granted by a decision of the parties – the applicant and the employee obligated to pay compensation compensation – the right to request reconsideration of the case and the right to file a complaint with an administrative court.

The amount of this benefit will be equal to five times the minimum wage for work, in effect on the day the employee submits the application to the employer. In the event that one or more employees are obligated to pay compensation for SARS-CoV-2 infection, they will co-pay this benefit in equal shares.

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