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Employers, brokers cannot force migrant workers to take COVID-19 vaccine: labor authorities

Employers cannot force migrant workers to take a COVID-19 vaccine, the Workforce Development Agency said in a statement Saturday, following rumors about such incidents.

The employers and labor brokers of migrant workers should encourage them to get COVID-19 vaccine shots, but any effort to achieve that by ignoring their wishes is illegal, the agency said.

Similarly, migrant workers should not be prohibited from receiving a vaccine shot by their employers or brokers, the agency said.

Such actions constitute a criminal offence under the Criminal Code and are punishable by a fine ranging from NT$60,000 (US$2,142) to NT$300,000 according to the Employment Service Act, the agency said.

The statement was issued after rumors circulated on social media that some migrant workers have been forced to sign a document promising that they would receive COVID-19 vaccines.

It was not immediately clear whether the Ministry of Labor has received any complaints over such incidents. -Central News Agency

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