Public sector workers in Zimbabwe who have not adopted the COVID-19 vaccine will not be able to work from Monday, and therefore will not receive wages, the government reminds. The trade unions oppose his decision.
By October 15, all public sector employees should be vaccinated, this deadline will not be extended, Ndabaninga Secretary of the Ministry of Information Nick Mangwana reminded the government media on Sunday.
– Those who are unvaccinated will not be allowed to work. The consequence is that those who are unvaccinated and who do not work will not be paid their wages, because if you do not work, you do not get paid, added the representative of the Zimbabwean government.
Among other things, they do not vaccinate for religious reasons
“We have always supported and encouraged vaccination programs, but we believe that vaccination should be voluntary, not compulsory,” argues Takavafira Zhou, chairman of one of Zimbabwean teachers’ unions, quoted by Voice of America. Teachers make up the largest group of public sector workers in Zimbabwe.
Zhou explains that some people do not want to vaccinate, among other reasons, because they do not understand how the preparations work or because they do not trust the substances of the Chinese companies Sinovac and Sinopharm. The government needs to understand these reasons first, and not unilaterally introduce a deadline for vaccination, she emphasizes. The head of the trade union has called on all workers to continue coming to work and is considering legal action against the government.
According to official data, in Zimbabwe, almost 2.5 million of the nearly 15 million inhabitants of this country have completed the full cycle of vaccination against COVID-19.