MEC tells staff: “Don’t come to work, if you’re not vaccinated.”

Concerned with a greater number of people not willing to take the ravaging Covid-19 jab, the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has ordered its employees not to report for work if they are not vaccinated for Covid19.

MEC is the first first public institution in the country to enforce a no vaccine, no work policy at work.

The electoral body’s Director of Media and Public Relations, Sangwani Mwafulirwa, says this applies in all the MEC officers in the country.

“All those not vaccinated have been advised to stay home and come when vaccinated,” he says.

Mwafulirwa: No Covid 19 vaccination, no admission to offices

Mwafulirwa says it is the stand of the Malawi Electoral Commission that there are many benefits of getting vaccinated; and the decision has been made in the best interest of the employees.

“If everybody is vaccinated then it means that everyone is safe and protected. It is important for everyone to be vaccinated as this is only defence mechanism against the pandemic.

“Therefore, the Commission’s stand is to encourage all employees get vaccinated so they are protected but also protect others,” said Mwafulirwa.

The Malawi government recently announced it will start inoculating its citizens with several COVID-19 vaccines in an effort to protect more of its population amid growing coronavirus infections.

Health Minister Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda said the extra vaccine is necessary to fill a gap.
Kandodo Chiponda says the COVID-19 vaccines Malawi has added include Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, Sputnik, Sinovac and Sinopharm.

The health minister, who also is the co-chairperson of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, said the country is expected to receive a donation of 300,000 doses each of the Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson vaccines in early August.

Malawi stopped vaccinating its citizens in June when it ran out of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

In May, Malawi destroyed about 20,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine, which expired in April.

The incineration was largely because many Malawians were reluctant to be vaccinated due to concerns about the vaccine’s safety and efficacy.

Malawi is expected, however, to receive a fresh consignment of 192,000 doses of the AstraZeneca next week.

But Kandodo said the vaccine will be restricted to unvaccinated health workers and those who already have a single dose.

“We know there are a lot of people who are now willing to take the jab. But bear with us, other vaccines are coming,” said Kandodo.”

She added: “And the importance of Johnson & Johnson’s is that it’s a single dose vaccine. So, those who have never taken any vaccines will take these Johnson & Johnson’s vaccines.”

Kandodo said the problem Malawi is facing, though, is not about money to buy the vaccine but where to find it.

She said the Malawian government has just received about $30 million from the World Bank to help purchase COVID-19 vaccine.

Experts are warning the country needs to be ready to store and distribute it.

In May, authorities burned about 20,000 expired doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine that went unused due to a shortage of distribution centers and widespread vaccine hesitancy, the latter caused by myths and misinformation about their safety

So far, Malawi has recorded about 51,000 cases of COVID-19 and nearly 1,600 deaths.

Only a tiny fraction of the country’s 18 million people have been inoculated, though that number will quickly rise if more people cooperate with the government’s vaccination campaign.

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Mustapher
Mustapher
1 month ago

MEC irengezenso kuti onse osalandira katemera wa cov 19 asazavotenso

John chidongo
1 month ago

Tiuzeni a Malawi zenizeni osati kulibe kuti mukagule mankhwala koma kuti simungakwanitse kugula mankhwala ngati mumakanika kugula ma pps , timachita kulandira ma donation. Mankhwala ndi ma donation. Azilandira ma donation a ku South African. A Malawi tinapenya tsopano timamva ma Tv kuti mayiko osauka alandira mwakuti or a ku Africa kuti agawane. Sizotinso kampeni apa ayi. Mwalemphera mwalemphera. Anthu tikabayitse tonse ndiwofunika katemera kodi simukumvetsabe patii poti anthu ena analandira mukuwaona.

Mateman
Mateman
1 month ago

Much as we appreciate government to combat this pandemic it’s not good idea to force people to get jab after all the government said it’s not mandatory

Mowere
Mowere
1 month ago

If it’s by force thenI suspect something fishy

Kamchiputu
1 month ago

Way to go MEC. Bravo!

John Abruzzi
John Abruzzi
1 month ago

C’mon. Its not like the vaccines are readily available for everyone right now. This is not the time to play with the economy by depleting the workforce capacity.

The same vaccinated people have to go home or outside and meet unvaccinated people. What difference does it make if they meet at work?

Last edited 1 month ago by John Abruzzi
Peter Nkhosa
Peter Nkhosa
1 month ago

A few months ago when there was no vaccine you allowed your employees to come to work some of them have died. There are only a few doses that have been administered. This is not the right way to go about this issue. If this is going to be applied to all workers, then things will come to a standstill because only a few have received vaccine not because they don’t want but because the doses so far are few. Less than half a million gave received a jab

Dont lose Focus
Dont lose Focus
1 month ago

Shame on you MeC. U r a true definition of a traitor, akupatsani zingati azunguwo? Shame

Two world order
Two world order
1 month ago

MEC is for Malawians and not for Mec bosses

Yao king
Yao king
1 month ago

Not good , you don’t force people
Can be sued

Zamadula
Zamadula
1 month ago
Reply to  Yao king

You, CHRR and other people are completely wrong. MEC is not forcing staff to take the vaccine: They are saying if staff choose not to take the vaccine, then those people should not come to work and put fellow staff members at risk. This is a fundamental theme of human rights: Your right should not infringe on the well-being of others. Currently you cannot travel abroad if you cannot show valid proof of being vaccinated. Why should this be acceptable; while the same requirement in an office setting is seen not to be acceptable? Each right carries a responsibility. The… Read more »

Prince of Thieves
1 month ago

We should be the last people to say no to vaccines. Almost all the drugs in hospital are not made in Malawi and why don’t we refuse to take them.

Two world order
Two world order
1 month ago

Don’t be foolish , first find out why there are protests worldwide against The covid n19 Vaccines ,you Dull and Docile person

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