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Union will oppose MTN mandatory vaccination policy

As the fourth wave of Covid-19 infections spreads through South Africa, many companies are introducing measures to make vaccination mandatory and ensure their workplaces are safe.

Wits University

Last Week the University of Witwatersrand’s council approved Wits Covid-19 vaccination policy after weeks of deliberation.

President Cyril Ramaphosa

Vaccination is widely recognised around the world as the most effective tool in combating the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Covid-19 vaccine

President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation following the discovery of a new Covid-19 variant.

co-workers having a meeting

Whether the dismissal of an employee who attended work whilst awaiting a Covid-19 test result, who continued to report to work after the Covid-19 test result came back positive and who failed to follow health and safety protocols in the workplace, was fair.

Health professional holding an injection

A Johnson & Johnson vaccine booster shot is being offered to the health workers. There are health professionals that feel that they should choose for themselves whether to take J&J or Pfizer as their booster shot.

person receiving Covid-19 vaccine injection

Even though the concept of compulsory vaccinations is not new, the debate has been given a new focus following many local companies considering implementing vaccine mandates for employees from the new year. Ian McAlister, General Manager at CRS Technologies, examines the human rights aspect surrounding this.

Covid-19 mask

Covid has very severely weakened business, eroded job security and spurred unemployment. While strikes have been fewer and shorter during Covid, their effect is greater because of the very weak financial circumstances of businesses and workers resulting from the pandemic.

person using needle in Covid-19 vaccine vial

There is no doubt it – these are challenging times for employers and employees alike. The ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic are likely to be felt for some years to come and in the meantime, businesses have to do everything they can to keep operating and help keep the struggling economy going. This is why a development like the Compensation Fund for those who suffer COVID-19-related side effects makes all the difference.

Mask, needle and Covid-19 vaccine

 As of Wednesday, October 20, 2021, minors around South Africa descended on Covid-19 vaccine sites around the country in order to receive a potentially life-saving Covid-19 jab.

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