SAB in talks with consultants regarding a mandatory Covid-19 vaccination policy for the company's workers
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The South African Breweries (SAB) is exploring the option of imposing mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations for all its employees at all sites in 2022 in a bid to ‘aid the country in its drive to accelerate vaccinations’ and to assist in recovering the economy.
SAB said the Covid-19 pandemic continues to affect all aspects of the lives of millions of people across the world, and in South Africa, the pandemic has had a devastating effect on society and the economy.
“As a result of previous waves of infections, our industry has been severely impacted by lockdown regulations and alcohol bans, and we believe that vaccination is key to protecting the one million lives and livelihoods supported by the alcohol industry,” said SAB.
The brewer said it is a pro-vaccination company and aims to safeguard employees in the workplace.
“In looking to pursue this endeavour, SAB wishes to recognise and appreciate how much its workforce has adapted as we navigate through this ‘new normal’ across our business operations. Vaccines are effective and safe and are our best defence against Covid-19 as it reduces severe illness and hospital admissions.”
As an employer, SAB said it had a legal obligation to create a safe working environment for all employees and that, to date, the company has hosted numerous vaccination drives in partnership with the Department of Health as part of its efforts to accelerate vaccination.
“SAB believes that its people are its greatest asset; the health and safety of its employees remains its top priority, and it is committed to providing and maintaining a safe workplace.”
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