Sunbird Hotels and Resorts has set 24th May 2021 as the deadline for all Staff Members to received Covid-19 Astrazeneca jabs or risk losing their jobs.
Chief Human Capital and Development Officer of the Hotel says the development has come as its business has been badly affected by the pandemic.
A Memo addressed to all staff members signed by the Hotel’s Chief Human Capital and Development Officer dated 5 May 2021 which Nthanda Times has seen, the Hotel has embarked on a mandatory Covid-19 vaccination for its staff members as a measure to protect its clients from contracting the virus.
“All of us must be vaccinated, otherwise those not vaccinated pose a big risk to fellow staff, guests and our other clients,” reads the Memo.
The Memo further states that the staff members that will not receive the first jab of the Covid-19 vaccine by 24 May will not be allowed to report for work.
“If you are not vaccinated, it means you can’t be scheduled to come to work. Everyone must have the first dose of the vaccination by Monday, May 24 2021. Any Person who can’t be vaccinated on the advice of a Doctor must provide a written proof from Government authorized Doctor. Beyond this date, no one will be allowed to come to work without the vaccination certificate,” reads the statement in part.
The Memo also indicates that Office of the Human Resource will keep records of all staff members who have taken the jab.
Sunbird has hundreds of employees in its hotels and resorts across the country which include Sunbird Nkopola Lodge, Sunbird Mount Soche, Sunbird Livingstonia Beach, Sunbird Ku Chawe, and Sunbird Lilongwe.
There are fears that Indian variant of Covid-19 might be in the country following death of an Indian national at Salima Sugar Factory who tested positive for the virus. Ministry of Health has since ordered an immediate closure of the factory for staff members to get tested.
Government still maintains Covid-19 vaccine is not mandatory. From the day that the country started administering Astrazeneca Covid-19 vaccine, more than 311 000 people have already received their first jabs.