Zimbabwe has announced that any civil servant who has not received the COVID-19 vaccine will not access their office.
The move is a strategy to ensure more people turn up for vaccination, as the government targets at least 60 per cent of the population by the end of the year.
According to Health and Child Care permanent secretary Jasper Chimedza, those banned from work will not get paid.
“Please note that members who fail to produce the vaccination certificates shall not be allowed to report for duty in an endeavour to implement (the) government’s thrust of minimizing the spread and effect of the novel Covid-19 pandemic,” Dr Chimedza said.
“Those who will not attend to their daily duties due to non-compliance shall be deemed to be absent from work and consequential action will be taken.”
On September 14, government employees were given a month to comply with a directive to get vaccinated.
However, as of now, less than 2.5 million people out of the country’s population of 15 million have received the jab.
By Everlyne Bosibori