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.