Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Covid jabs made compulsory for civil servants

The Public Service Department says disciplinary action can be taken against those who do not comply.

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The government has made it mandatory for all civil servants to be vaccinated against Covid-19 by Nov 1, failing which action can be taken against them.

In a statement, the Public Service Department said this was to boost public confidence and to ensure the smooth delivery of services to the people.

“It is also in line with efforts to restore government services to full operational levels based on the phases of the National Recovery Plan,” it said.

It said nearly 98% of civil servants have been vaccinated so far with only 1.6% or 16,902 individuals who have yet to register for vaccination.

“All civil servants must complete their vaccination by Nov 1,” it said. “During this period, unvaccinated officers must present themselves at the walk-in vaccination centres provided by the government.”

It said those who cannot be vaccinated for health reasons must submit their information, verified by government medical officers, to their heads of department.

“If any civil servants have yet to be vaccinated after the period in question without obtaining an exemption from a government medical officer, they may be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with current regulations.

“All civil servants are subject to the Public Officers (Conduct and Discipline) Regulations 1993 [P.U. (A) 395/1993],” it said.

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