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newsFin24 reports that Momentum Metropolitan's CEO Hillie Meyer says the insurer won't make Covid-19 vaccination mandatory, but it may be forced to move around employees who don't want to vaccinate.

Discovery, Curro and Sanlam are three companies that have put in place mandatory vaccination policies for their employees. While others have not drawn a definite line in the sand with staff vaccination policies, many are thinking about what to do with customer-facing employees who refuse to vaccinate. Meyer indicated that, despite a workplace vaccination programme, the insurer still had staff who weren’t vaccinating. Some of its business units, like Momentum Health, have better vaccination outcomes than others. "We are not going to make vaccination mandatory, but we believe that the case for vaccination is compelling," Meyer said in an interview last week. He added that the insurer's approach would be one which involved educating people about the impact of the vaccine through statistics gathered in its health business and life businesses. "But at some point, if they are hardcore anti-vaxxers, then there will be consequences. Those staff members, we might have to say...listen, you can't do that job that you're doing...engaging with clients. Either we've got to find some back-office job for you where you don't see people, or you will have to reconsider [anti-vax views]," Meyer stated. He added that the group would deal with such cases on an individual basis.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Londiwe Buthelezi at Fin24 (subscriber access only)

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