Almost 99 per cent of Government workers in Zimbabwe have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus disease of 2019 (COVID-19), data from the Public Service Commission (PSC) shows.
Zimbabwe has a 300 000-strong civil service staff complement, with teachers making the bigger chunk of the Government’s employees.
Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Paul Mavima said vaccine uptake within the public service shows that the Government’s “no work, no pay” policy is working. Said Mavima:
This development shows that we are almost there as a country in achieving herd immunity.
It also means that the Government has been successful in rolling out the vaccination programme.
As I have said previously, unvaccinated public sector workers will still be given priority when they want to get their jabs.
By getting vaccinated means that those who interact with our workers are now protected from the deadly coronavirus and the workplace will also be a safer place.
However, those who are not yet vaccinated are being encouraged to do so because our no vaccination, no pay policy still stands.
The Government has set 31 December as the deadline by which all civil servants must be inoculated or face disciplinary action.
According to the official PSC schedule, to date, 99,68 per cent of Government workers stationed in Harare have been fully immunised, while 99,95 per cent of those in Bulawayo have received their COVID-19 jabs.
In Mashonaland West (99,86 per cent), Mashonaland East (99,94 per cent), Mashonaland Central (99,96 per cent), Manicaland (99,95 per cent), Midlands (99,57 per cent), Masvingo (99,95), Matabeleland North (99,72 per cent) and Matabeleland South (99,72 per cent) of all public sector workers have been fully vaccinated.