SAB considers implementing mandatory vaccine policy

The brewer says the policy is important because the industry has been severely impacted by lockdowns and alcohol bans.

South African Breweries has stated that it is considering requiring its employees to be vaccinated. Several prominent companies have made vaccinations mandatory in the workplace. SAB's vice president of people, Lucia Swartz, says the company is currently talking to unions, as well as corporate and government partners, to see if implementing a mandatory vaccination policy across all of its activities will be beneficial. Swartz added that after the consultative process, SAB would decide whether mandatory vaccination is the best option, as well as what will happen to employees who refuse to vaccinate. SAB issued a statement earlier this week stating that vaccinations are critical to protecting the one million lives and employment in the alcohol business.

“Our intention, therefore, is to explore mandatory vaccination in all of our SAB operations. As a pro-vaccination company, we aim to safeguard our employees in the workplace and aid the country in its drive to overcome the pandemic and recover the economy,” said SAB. Should it go ahead with mandatory vaccinations, the beer producer will join companies like Discovery, Sanlam, Curro and MTN. As of the 5th of January 2021, the total number of cases was 3 417 318 with 3 782 new cases reported as per National Department of Health South Africa. The cumulative number of recoveries now stand at 3 120 012 with a recovery rate of 91,3%. According to Africa CDC we have 26.65 % of our population fully vaccinated.