Public sector employees may be forced to take the vaccine


Government may consider making Covid-19 jabs mandatory for public service employees if vaccination rates don’t improve, according to a circular from the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA).

News24 reported on October 29, that discussions are ongoing with stakeholders and organised labour to “consider the introduction of a mandatory vaccine mandate, along the parameters of OHS [occupational health and safety] direction”.

The Department of Employment and Labour’s revised Direction on Occupational Health and Safety Measures on vaccinations in the workplace states that employers must do a Covid-19 risk assessment in the workplace, depending on operational needs. Employees and employers must also find a reasonable resolution when employees refused to be vaccinated on medical and constitutional grounds.

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