D-Day for Unjabbed Civil Servants

Government gave October 15 as the deadline for all civil servants to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Those who have not been vaccinated for unjustifiable reasons, today face an uncertain future.

Under Statutory Instrument (SI) 234 gazetted on September 17, unvaccinated civil servants will be fired from work.

The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions recently filed an urgent chamber application at the High Court challenging compulsory vaccination as companies force employees to be inoculated, but the High Court said the matter was not urgent.

The case is still pending.

Mahomva, however, defended compulsory vaccination of the civil servants, saying they were given ample time, adding that those not yet jabbed were unwilling to do so.

The move will likely be a litmus test for government, which is likely to clash with its restive 300 000 employees.

Those not vaccinated, according to the SI, should produce COVID-19 test results, which will be expensive and not practical since the tests expire after 72 hours. Tests range from US$30-$40. -NewsDay