Zimbabwean government workers directed to vaccinate against Covid-19 or risk job loss

Zimbabweans asked to vaccinate so as to secure their jobs. [Image:courtesy]
Zimbabwe—Zimbabwean is urging its employees to get vaccinated against Covid-19 or resign. A move is aimed at reducing the risk of spreading the virus.

It had earlier introduced a regulation for churches and restaurants to allow only clients with vaccination cards.

Justice minister, Ziyambi Ziyambi, in an interview with a local radio said, employees who think they have a right to choose whether or not to be vaccinated have it wrong.

The nation has so far vaccinated 2.7 million people, against a target of 15 million by the end of the year, it says it has paid for 12 million Covid-19 doses from China.

Ziyambi Ziyambi further noted, Zimbabweans would not be forced to get vaccinated.

“We are not forcing you to be vaccinated but if you are a government employee, for the protection of others and the people that you are serving, get vaccinated,” he said.

Ziyambi, did not suggest what punishment should be given to penalize government employees who refuse the vaccine but said they should take it upon themselves to quit.

The Zimbabwean company employs more than 200,000 people, with teachers accounting for the largest number.

Ziyambi said, “there will come a time when we will not want any teacher who is not vaccinated.”

Vaccines are now available to all adults in Zimbabwe, but supplies are scarce and clinics understaffed, especially in the capital Harare, where residents often have to queue up from early in the morning for the hope of a shot.

The Zimbabwe confederation of public sector Trade Unions, which represents government employees, said it would provide a comment later.

Zimbabwe has recorded 125,671 Covid-19 cases and 4,493 deaths since the start of the outbreak last year.