Govt Changes Tack On Vaccination

Government yesterday reversed its earlier position to fire all unvaccinated civil servants yesterday, saying the order will only become effective at the end of the year.

This was revealed by Public Service minister Paul Mavima who told NewsDay the order would only affect civil servants who deliberately avoided vaccination.

Last month, government issued Statutory Instrument 234 of 2021 to bar unvaccinated civil servants from reporting for duty and gave them until last Friday to get the jab or lose their job.

“The policy will be implemented as per the letter of the law in respect of those who have deliberately avoided vaccination,” Mavima said yesterday.

“Those, who have not been vaccinated due to factors that are not deliberate on their part, will have until December 31, 2021, to be vaccinated.”

The move to “fire” unvaccinated workers irked labour unions, which accused the government of infringing the constitutional rights of its employees.

Zimbabwe Confederation of Public Sector Trade Unions secretary-general David Dzatsunga said government was yet to communicate the new position to its workers.

“It was pronounced without consultation. We have a feeling that the consultations should have been inclusive. The employer should have consulted its stakeholders,” Dzatsunga said.

“As it stands, the situation on the ground indicates that workers were not even aware of what was expected of them. We can only wait for official communication. At the moment, we haven’t seen anything to that effect.” —NewsDay

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