(Last Updated on October 19, 2021 by zimdaily)
HARARE – Government reversed its earlier position to fire all unvaccinated civil servants yesterday, saying the order will only become effective at the end of the year.
This was revealed by Public Service minister Paul Mavima who told NewsDay that the order would only affect civil servants who deliberately avoided vaccination.
Last month, government issued Statutory Instrument 234 of 2021 to bar unvaccinated civil servants from reporting for duty and gave them until last Friday to get jabbed or be fired.
“The policy will be implemented as per the letter of the law in respect of those who have deliberately avoided vaccination,” Mavima said yesterday.
“Those, who have not been vaccinated due to factors that are not deliberate on their part, will have until December 31, 2021, to be vaccinated.”
The move to “fire” unvaccinated workers irked labour unions, which accused the government of infringing the constitutional rights of its employees.