South African operator MTN has announced its decision to make compulsory vaccination of its staff against Covid-19 as part of the fight against the fourth wave marked in the country by the variant Omicron.
“The science is clear. Vaccination against Covid-19 reduces rates of serious infections, hospitalizations and deaths, ”Group CEO Ralph Mupita said in a statement released on Monday. The measure should take effect from next January.
In its press release, MTN said, however, that it recognizes the right of employees to refuse vaccination for certain “clearly defined reasons”. And to add that he “will not be obliged to continue the employment contract” with regard to his employees who “are not exempt (…), but [who] always refuse the vaccination”.
The continent’s leading telecom operator is joining Standard Bank and Old Mutual who made the same announcement last week.
“Vaccines against Covid-19 have proven their worth around the world. Large-scale rigorous scientific studies have now shown conclusively – beyond a reasonable doubt – that World Health Organization-approved Covid-19 vaccines offer excellent protection against severe form and death. ”Said Sim Tshabalala, CEO of Standard Bank whose new policy will be implemented from April 4, 2022 in South Africa.