Teachers and Civil servants who ignore Covid jab to face disciplinary action
Emerging details have it that it’s now compulsory for all civil servants and teachers to be vaccinated Covid-19.
In his most recent communication to all Principal Secretaries and Accounting Officers, Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua threatened that disciplinary action will be taken against public servants who would not have received their first Covid-19 jab by August 23, 2021.
Kinyua noted that the government was left with no options but to arrive at the decision due to the reluctance in taking the vaccine among public servants, especially the security sector, teachers and the core civil service despite increased access of the vaccines to the groups.
“In a recent NSAC meeting, it was reported that there was a low uptake of Covid-19 vaccines among public servants especially the security sector, teachers and the core civil service. This is against a background of access to vaccines having greatly improved especially among these groups,” Kinyua said in a circular dated August 5.
Kinyua alleged that some civil servants intentionally avoid getting vaccinated to stay away from work under the pretense of working from home, a habit that has negatively affected service delivery to the public.
“It has therefore been decided that all civil servants will be prioritized in the ongoing vaccination exercise and that those who will not have been given the la jab by 23rd August 2021 be treated as discipline cases and appropriate action taken against them,” he added.
“Principal Secretaries and Accounting Officers are hereby instructed to ensure full implementation of this decision.”
Latest Statistics from the Ministry of Health indicates that over 1.8 free vaccines have so far been administered across the country. Of these, total first doses are 1,105,470 while second doses are 698,905.
“The uptake of the second dose among those who received their first dose is at 63.2% with the majority being males at 55% while females are at 45%,” said Health CS Mutahi Kagwe adding that the proportion of adults fully vaccinated is 2.6%.
The total number of Covid-19 cases confirmed in the country so far stands at 212,573 from 2.2 million tests conducted.