B4SA encourages employers to mandate vaccines

The debate over mandatory vaccination policies rages on. Some businesses are calling for mandates in workplaces. They say they have an obligation to protect staff and customers. There are also calls to restrict access for those who are unvaccinated, to public spaces. We discuss this with Martin Kingston from Business for South Africa. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Some businesses are calling for vaccine mandates in workplaces.

They say they have an obligation to protect staff and customers.

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There are also calls to restrict access to public spaces for those who have not received the jab.

Martin Kingston from Business for South Africa says the push for mandatory vaccinations will encourage people to get the jab.

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Kingston said, "we know that in these current circumstances if people are not vaccinated, not only is there a greater risk for transmitting the virus but they themselves are at risk as well."

"Every employer has to assess risk to their workforce. We've been encouraging employers across the country to look at mandatory vaccine mandates and we've seen a number of  employers and a number of sectors looking at it and already putting it in place and most of them by the way at the beginning of next year and explain to members of their workforce who haven't been vaccinated...we think we are going to see a significant increase."

"We've also seen a number of institutions....also applying the same approach, not just for the lecturers, teachers, students and employees but also for any service provider or visitor who comes on their campus."

"That is the only way we will be able to create a safe environment not only by the way for our workforce but for society at large. We are now encouraging government and indeed society broadly, restricting access to public places...as we see is the case in many countries around the world...we think that will drive the levels of vaccination, we think it will reduce the risk of having to impose harsher lockdown restrictions."

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