Although employers have an obligation in terms of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act to provide a safe workplace, employees have a corresponding Constitutional right to security and control over their bodies.
Our Government policy states that vaccinations are not compulsory.
Notwithstanding the above, employers have to ensure that their employees adhere to COVID-19 protocols in the workplace. Namely employees are to maintain physical distancing, sanitise frequently and wear a mask.
Employers should persuade those employees who are averse to be vaccinated, to get vaccinated, in the interest of all parties to ensure that they are relatively well protected against contracting
COVID-19, so as to ensure improved productivity in the workplace, that the business remains financially viable in these precarious times.