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DiscoveryEWN reports that Discovery Health has reiterated its assurance that the rights of employees who cannot be vaccinated will not be violated.

The healthcare and financial services giant recently announced its plan to make coronavirus vaccination mandatory for staff, beginning from next year. More than 14,000 Discovery Health clients have died from Covid-19 related illnesses. During a webinar on "the impact of compulsory vaccination on small businesses" on Thursday, the company’s Dr Ron Whelan stated: “We've got a strong social and moral obligation to not only protect our employees but also to protect all those people that come into our different sites. So that includes suppliers and includes tenants across offices, and obviously it includes employees. It includes visitors and customers." Meanwhile, attorney Abdul Buckus said small businesses must perform a risk assessment to see how they would safely accommodate employees in the workplace. He added that it had to be borne in mind “that the legislation specifies that the rights in terms of the Constitution should also be considered as well as collective agreements.” Buckus stressed that vaccinations were voluntary, and employers should not coerce their staff to take the jabs.

  • Read the original of the report in the above regard by Kevin Brandt at EWN

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