Zimbabwe bans unvaccinated civil servants from returning to work

The measures have triggered outrage among some but has also clogged up the vaccination centers.

The Zimbabwean government has barred unvaccinated civil officials from reporting to work with immediate effect. On Tuesday during a post cabinet brief, the government has said, all civil servants must now be vaccinated against COVID-19 before being allowed to report for duty after being given time to get their jabs, while churches are now permitted to move from 100 people at a service to half their holding capacity if congregants are fully vaccinated. The country has about 300,000 civil servants, including 100,000 teachers. The southern African country has already made it mandatory for people to get vaccinated to go to markets, gyms, restaurants, and university exams. Some private companies have also made it mandatory for their employees to be vaccinated.

The country has received 11.8 million vaccine doses from purchases and donations since the start of the government’s program and plans to vaccinate 10 million Zimbabweans in order to reach herd immunity with the number expected to rise once the 14 to 17-year-old age group roll-out begins. At least 1 926 247 Zimbabweans had received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, accounting for about 12,84 percent of the estimated 15 million population, and a total of 2 873 893 people had received at least one dose of the vaccine, accounting for about 19,16 percent. To date, the country has reported 126,817 COVID-19 cases and 4,550 related deaths according to data retrieved from the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.