CERTAIN SANLAM STAFF CAN REFUSE VACCINES
The leading insurer does however stress that it will offer discretion to staff who have valid reasons against vaccinating. Those could be issues such as medical reasons which could affect a subject’s health.
The decision was confirmed by Sanlam to Fin24.
“We would prefer to vaccinate as many of our employees as possible. However, some people may have valid reasons for not vaccinating, such as medical conditions. Such exceptional cases will be addressed in terms of the group’s relevant policies,” the company said.
“The policy will apply to all employees of the group in South Africa.”
WHAT THE SOUTH AFRICAN GOVERNMENT SAYS
As far as the South African government’s view on obligatory vaccinations, President Cyril Ramaphosa told the public that COVID-19 vaccines are encouraged, but citizens can refuse based on medical reasons and constitutional grounds.
“No one should be forced to be vaccinated,” said Ramaphosa in Parliament on Friday 3 September.
Ramaphosa took the moment to underline the fact that the government is using proven science to encourage people to vaccinate, rather than force.
“Instead, we need to use the available scientific evidence to encourage, repeat encourage people to be vaccinated to protect themselves, but also to protect people around them,” the president added.