DisChemMoneyweb reports that pharmacy retailer Dis-Chem Group is the latest JSE-listed corporate to implement a vaccine mandate for its employees.

In a hard-hitting letter to staff, the comnpany says it has “made the difficult but necessary decision to make Covid-19 vaccinations a requirement across the group” by 1 February 2022. All employees who are not fully vaccinated by that date will be required every Monday to provide a negative antigen test before entering any Dis-Chem facility and to wear an N95 mask at all times. Both of these requirements will be at the employee’s cost. The company indicated that “if either of these are not complied with, disciplinary action will be taken”. The company notes in the letter that it operates in the healthcare sector and “a large proportion of our employees interact directly with the public”. In a media statement, the group said its “top priority is to ensure the health and safety of its staff, customers and community. For this reason, it has advised that all staff must be vaccinated.” It added that it “has gone to great lengths to make vaccines easily available for all employees and this commitment will not change.”


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