No jab, no work for Civil Servants

by | Sep 15, 2021 | COVID 19 | 0 comments

-As churches and Colleges follow suit

 

Brian Rungano Temba

 

Time is running out for workers apathetic to the Covid-19 vaccine, as employers continue to craft policies meant to enhance workplace safety during Covid-19 times.

 

Cabinet yesterday announced that only vaccinated Civil Servants will be admitted to work.

 

The announcement was made by Minister of Information Publicity and Broadcasting Services Monica Mutsvangwa during yesterday’s post-cabinet briefing.

Minister Mutsvangwa said;

 

“Persuant to the previous announcement that all civil servants should be vaccinated, Cabinet further resolved that no unvaccinated civil servants will be allowed to come to work.”

 

This stance taken by government follows the recent purchase of vaccines and syringes by Treasury to keep the vaccination programme moving.

 

“The country has received a total of 10 860 000 doses of vaccine to date.

The latest receipt was of 1 500 000 doses of Sinopharm vaccine received between 10 and 12 September, 2021.

 

A further 1 million doses of Sinovac vaccine are is expected to be received today. The country also received 4 million syringes,” said Minister Mutsvangwa.

 

Last week headlines read of the High Court’s unpopular ruling that antivaxxer church congregants had been allowed to attend service without being innoculated.

 

Cabinet reiterated its position on assuring the safety of Zimbabweans, without being swayed by the agendas of a few foreign funded contrarians.

 

Minister Mutsvangwa said Cabinet discussed the request by churches for a review of number of congregants allowed in church services to at least a third, taking into account the size of the church.

 

“Whilst all other gatherings shall not exceed 100 persons, with regards to churches, Cabinet has resolved that only vaccinated congregants can attend and should be limited to 50 percent of the holding capacity of the Church,” she added.

 

As of September 13 , 2021, a total of 2 856 955 persons had received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 1 894 780 had received the second dose. This translates to a national coverage of 33.4 percent and 21.9 percent for the first and second doses, respectively.

 

Government has also given the green light to tertiary colleges to bar unvaccinated students from attending lectures.

 

The statistics presented by Minister Mutsvangwa during the press briefing showed that schools remain an active hotspot for spreading the virus just as work places and churches.

 

“The nation is informed that 79 learners and 20 teachers tested positive for COVID-19 during the week under review, thereby bringing the total under of confirmed cases in schools to 132,” said Minister Mutsvangwa.

 

Another area of concern is the resistance by communities to take the vaccination.

 

“Cabinet is concerned about the low uptake of the vaccine in Mashonaland Central and Chitungwiza Town and every effort is being made to encourage citizens to be vaccinated as this is for the good of us all,” added Minister Mutsvangwa.

 

Government has been communicating the importance of getting jabbed through road shows traditional media and social media.

 

However, for those suffering from cognitive dissonance, this more head on approach will bring more incentive for vaccine uptake.