Thai Justice Minister Somsak Thepsutin stated today, May 20th, that he has mandated Covid-19 vaccine injections for all government officials working in the ministries jurisdiction to prevent any active case of Covid-19 Coronavirus in the workplace.
Essentially, this means all corrections workers in the prison system in Thailand will be required to take a Covid19 vaccine or quit their job.
The Minister reasoned that the order is prioritized as an urgent matter to upgrade health preventive measures after a significant number of Covid-19 infections were gradually reported among thousands of inmates nationwide.
All of the Director-Generals were ordered to allocate Covid-19 vaccines for everyone in the department, including low-to-high rank government officials, employees, and workers at the ministry.
If any ministry workers are not yet vaccinated, they will not be allowed to go to work. However, if a first dose had been received, they must present their document or evidence to prove that they are vaccinated and proceeding forward.
“This order is issued directly by the ministry, therefore, everyone must strictly follow it so that people would not consider that the Justice Ministry officials lacked awareness and social responsibility. If someone in the department is infected, it will become a big problem in the Ministry as well as other related departments. It will also be trouble as the whole process of helping and facilitating the public will stumble as well,” Somsak concluded.
This follows a similar order in Buriram stating Covid19 vaccinations will be mandatory for “high risk” occupations without specifically calling out what those occupations were.
Under Thai Emergency Decree Laws, the Ministry of Justice and Buriram officials have said the measures are legal and protect public health. They have claimed the measures aren’t truly compulsory as people could quit their jobs or move which protects them legally.
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