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No Vaccination, No Compensation: Govt Warns Reluctant Health Workers

No Vaccination, No Compensation: Govt Warns Reluctant Health Workers

President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government has given health workers 14 days to ensure that they are vaccinated against Covid-19. Failure to get vaccinated by the deadline of July 14, will result in the front line workers not getting their special compensation, Covid-19 insurance payouts from the government if they fall sick.

The decision was made by the cabinet which noted that at least 20 percent of the front line workers are yet to be vaccinated despite being given the first priority. The cabinet noted that the unvaccinated health workers pose a danger to patients and co-workers.

According to Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa, health workers are supposed to receive US$1 000 and US$600 from the government when they fall sick. The amount depends on the grade of the health worker.

 

No Vaccination, No Compensation: Govt Warns Reluctant Health Workers
No Vaccination, No Compensation: Govt Warns Reluctant Health Workers

 

Announcing the decision to have all health workers vaccinated by 14 July 2021, Minister Mutsvangwa said,

“Noting that the frontline staff were given an opportunity to vaccinate ahead of others, the nation is advised that a considerable number of frontline workers, 20 percent, have still not presented themselves for vaccination.”

“Given the risk, this poses not only to other workers but also to patients, Cabinet set 14 July 2021 as the deadline for the vaccination of the frontline workers. After this date, those who not vaccinated will not receive Covid-19 insurance payouts. For the avoidance of doubt, those vaccinated staff members who test positive will, however, still be eligible for the Covid-19 insurance payout.”

The Herald reports that of the 4 444 health workers who have fallen sick, less than 10 percent (432) have received the special compensation from the government. However, the Health Services Board has approved payments to another 2 196 workers. The funds allocated for compensation are inadequate at the moment as they can only cover 1 367 workers.

 


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