Aug. 26, 2021


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Threatening employees to take COVID jabs is despicable

Threatening employees to take COVID jabs is despicable

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THE fight against the fatal COVID-19 pandemic is far from over. The number of new cases reported worldwide keep going through the ceiling with no sign of relenting.

Reports by the World Health Organisation (WHO) show that more than 4.5 million new cases and 68 000 new related deaths were recorded across the globe, last week alone.

The cumulative global caseload now stands at more than 211 million, with the total death toll exceeding 4.4 million.

Lesotho’s fight against the virus illustrates a picture of a fierce scuffle that is only getting worse by the day.

This is despite the government’s conceited efforts to put a handle on the crisis and get the spread of the virus under control.

Three days ago, the country’s cumulative caseload was 14 382 from a total of 146 348 tests conducted, with 6 763 recoveries and 400 related deaths.

Although the figures are not necessarily too accurate, but that is an indication of a pending disaster, given the country’s ailing health care system and its population.   

The whole idea behind vaccinating people for COVID-19 is, of course to protect them against the deadly virus and to help end the crisis caused by the pandemic.

As things stand, the government of Lesotho has not yet enacted a law coercing the nation to take COVID-19 jabs, which means the vaccination process still remains a voluntary act.

Therefore it is illegal for any company operating in the country to force its employees to take the vaccine or face retrenchment if they fail to come to the party.

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What happened at the Ever Unison Garment in Maputsoe was uncalled for not to mention despicable.

The company recently ordered its employees to take the COVID-19 test or face the door, by way of forced retrenchment

While it is imperative for people to protect themselves against the deadly virus through among others, taking the COVID jab, people however, have tons of reasons for not taking it.

Some are poorly informed about the importance of vaccination and only need to be properly enlightened. Others are scared to take vaccine owing to the countless myths surrounding it.

Many believe they are still healthy and do not need to be troubled with the intricacies of the COVID jab.

But threatening to fire workers if they decline to take the vaccine is taking it a bit too far.

The intervention of the National Clothing Textile and Allied Workers Union (NACTWU) in the matter was a welcome move.

Nonetheless, legal actions still need to be taken against the company for intimidating its employees in order to preempt similar conduct in future.



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