Polish PM seeks political consensus over plans for the unvaccinated

"We want to discuss the model for unvaccinated people with the opposition, so as to be clear whether the proposed bill, allowing for the verification of an employee's inoculation status, will have a majority." Morawiecki said. Adam Warżawa/PAP

Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, has said the government wants to work with the opposition to create a common strategy on unvaccinated people.

The prime minister was asked on Monday if the government planned to introduce regulations on people who have not been jabbed.

"We want to discuss the model for unvaccinated people with the opposition, so as to be clear whether the proposed bill, allowing for the verification of an employee's inoculation status, will have a majority." he said.

Lawmakers from the ruling Law and Justice party, Czeslaw Hoc and Pawel Rychlik, said on Wednesday that a parliamentary bill would be sent to the Sejm, the lower house, to allow employers to verify whether an employee is vaccinated against Covid-19.

Under the draft law, if an employee is not vaccinated, the employer will be able to reorganise their work so that, for example, they have no contact with customers.

Morawiecki said that the fourth wave of the pandemic would be of a prolonged nature, but with a smaller number of deaths.

He added, however, that "the capacity of the healthcare system has its limits, and unvaccinated people suffer more severely from Covid-19 and die much more often.”

"Vaccinations are a blessing from science, they have changed the history of mankind," he added. "If we want to take care - and we should - of our health and the health of our loved ones, let us bear in mind that a tragedy may happen to us if we are not vaccinated."

Meanwhile, Speaker of the Sejm Elżbieta Witek announced that, if parliamentary caucuses and groups were ready to cooperate, an interparliamentary club should be formed to work out provisions of a draft envisaging the possibility of checking whether a person has been vaccinated against Covid-19.

Witek has invited heads of parliamentary caucuses and groups to a meeting on Wednesday to discuss legal solutions which could be included in the draft. She also declared that such legislation had not yet been prepared.